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Jim Calhoun says his decision will come in June

Posted on: May 18, 2011 2:47 pm
Edited on: May 19, 2011 5:47 am
Posted by Matt Norlander

Jim Calhoun wants to let us know there's a chance he won't be back to coach next season.

Yes, we're going to do and go through with this, apparently. An offseason that's been filled with more than a fair share of tardy coaching changeover could see its biggest vacancy open furthest down the linear path. If only we knew when that would happen -- or if it will at all.

Calhoun's been on a tour de force of publicity, plaques, picture-ops and handshakes since his team unexpectedly won the national title in Houston back on that ugly first Monday in April. In the immediate aftermath, many suggested or wondered if Calhoun would call it quits, an easy and obvious choice for a man creeping in on 70 years old with three titles and a three-game suspension awaiting him at the start of next season, should he choose to come back.

But Calhoun deflected that question in the then and there -- in a spacious, dark-blue press room in Houston -- of course, choosing to celebrate the moment rather than pontificate on the future. That pontification has now taken hold, and Calhoun hasn't made up his mind.

The 69-year-old coach spoke to the media this morning as a precursor to his recieving of the Winged Foot Award, which is handed out at the New York Athletic Club every year to the winners of the men's and women's NCAA tournament. He told the media that, during his family vacation in June, that's when he'll decide, once and for all, whether to return to coaching next season.

"I still don't know how I'll feel when I get on the floor next season,"'s Jon Rothstein tweeted Calhoun as saying, continuing "at the end of this month, I can do a little more reflection. The thing that will make me stay is impacting the kids."

More from the Hartford Courant's Paul Doyle:
"By the end of this month, I'm pretty good," said Calhoun. ... "Then I can do a little more reflection. … It's too close and the afterglow is too good, so I've got to get a little more distance away from it. I think June is a good month. That will be a good time because I haven't gotten away from the game."
Deciding what to do for the rest of your life while on a week-long trip doesn't sound like much of a vacation, right? Anyway, here's the deal: Calhoun hasn't decided yet. For UConn fans, that's a good sign. He loses arguably the best player he's ever coached, but he's got a staff he loves, a new president in Susan Herbst who he gets along with terrifically, and a firecracker recruit named Ryan Boatright coming in next season. The counterpoint: all the health issues, the suspension (that's not really that big a deal, though) and the temptation of leaving on top.

Looks like one of college basketball's biggest headlines of the offseason should be coming next month. I repeat: should. Never bet against Calhoun to do something you can't predict.

Photo: AP
Category: NCAAB

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:03 pm


will calhoun announce his decision at a presser or online?  If he uses a presser, will the announcement decision be televised nationally?  I'd like to watch it on my Ipad.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 7:38 pm

Jim Calhoun says his decision will come in June

The only thing I know for sure that if he retires, Jamie Dixon will be mentioned as a candidate to replace him .... just as his name has been mentioned for every job opening for the past 4 years.  This has become a running joke in the Pittsburgh area  .... you hear that Mr. Norlander?

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 6:28 pm

Jim Calhoun says his decision will come in June

I totally agree that Calhoun has been an incredible coach, has built UConn from a perennial cellar-dweller into one of the premier programs in the country, and deserves to leave (or not leave) on his own terms.

Anyone who calls him a cheater is ignorant of the specific charges against him.

That said, I hope he holds himself to that June timeframe. Taking any longer would be hard on his players and coaching staff. The program needs time to develop a transition plan to the new staff and players need to be comfortable with their new leader. Not to mention how the uncertainty could impact potential future recruits (e.g. Drummond)...

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 5:44 pm

Jim Calhoun says his decision will come in June

He definetely deserves to make his decision! He has been a awesome coach for the Huskies for years!

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 5:35 pm

Jim Calhoun says his decision will come in June

i would like to see him comeback next year, but if he decides to go all i would like to say to Jim Calhoun is thank you for everything you have done for uconn athletics.  if you do go you will be sadly missed.  nothing wrong going out on top and 3 national championships is not to bad with a hall of fame induction!!!

Since: Feb 26, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 5:19 pm

Jim Calhoun says his decision will come in June

Joe, what an awful rant.  The guys program made too many phone calls??   Took the 9th best team in the Big East all the way.  It was a great coaching job,  Fair and by the book legit.

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 3:48 pm

Jim Calhoun says his decision will come in June

Calhoun is a dirt bag cheat...He is a blemish on college hoops, but the booya network and cbs suck him off.  How many more violations do ya need b4 people call a spade a spade

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