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Have we seen the last of Jim Calhoun?

Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:38 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2012 2:41 pm
By Gary Parrish

People don't get healthier as they get older.

I'm not sure that's 100 percent true.

But it's mostly true.

And, either way, I always figured such would be the case with Jim Calhoun, which is why I thought it would've been wise for him to walk away after last season. Not only could he have gone out on top, but he could've avoided all this. And by this, I mean more NCAA issues (Ryan Boatright) and health issues (spinal stenosis) -- the kind that make running an elite college basketball program difficult to the point of being impossible.

Friday provided another chapter.

While most normal Americans were either going or coming from lunch, Connecticut announced that Calhoun is taking an indefinite leave of absence because of a "worsening" condition of "spinal stenosis, a lower back condition that causes him severe pain and hampers mobility." Translation: He's hurting like hell. So what we have here is a 69-year-old cancer survivor battling an incredibly painful condition that'll force him to miss games for what feels like the 107th consecutive season, and at what point is it wise to just walk away?

That's a question that was fair to ask last April and is even more fair to ask now.

Never mind when Calhoun might return.

I'm debating if he'll ever return.

I'm doubting he should.

Is it really rational to think next season will be smoother? Or the one after that? Or the one after that? Again, Calhoun is 69 and will be 70 next season, then 71, and you know how age works, right? I don't have to count for you. Calhoun will, like all of us, get older every year. And he will, like most of us, watch his health further deteriorate with time. If he couldn't make it through 2012 without a health issue, the smart money says he probably won't make it through 2013, either. And when you combine that with a struggling team and NCAA and APR concerns, well, it makes it reasonable to wonder if we've seen the last of Jim Calhoun.

He's a Hall of Fame coach and one of the all-time greats.

But he's also unhealthy and hurting and pushing 70 years old.

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 2:09 pm

Have we seen the last of Jim Calhoun?

So Gary do we put an age limit on coaching? No one knows better than Calhoun if he is healthy and able to continue coaching. Some say his a good coach not great, thats debatable. I think for what he has accomplished at UConn he is a great coach. I hope and pray he is able to return and prove people wrong. If he thinks its time to hang it up then I wish him the best.
I love this video, Classic Calhoun!

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 8:30 am

Have we seen the last of Jim Calhoun?

The great Jimmy C will return and lead the Huskies deep into the NCAA tournament. As usual.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 7:51 am

Have we seen the last of Jim Calhoun?

Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, hey hey, good bye.  Maybe in retirement he can read the NCAA rules book...

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:19 pm

Have we seen the last of Jim Calhoun?

how about retire.. rather than quit... bloggers say quit.. folks with a brain would say retire...

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:56 pm

Have we seen the last of Jim Calhoun?

I remember that year Duke had Cherokee Parks and Duke was terrible and Coach K mysteriously disappeared and didn't
get the credit for all their losses.   That was suspicious, I think they mentioned his back but I never realy believed it.
Coach K is a very good coach no doubt,  but if  you would rate all his recruits compared to anybody else's, he should have
won a lot more.    As far as coach Calhoun, I have always thought he was a better coach.   Every time his talent is near the top,
they seem to end up on top.    He always seemed like he gave it everything he had. 

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 1:54 pm

Have we seen the last of Jim Calhoun?

Hey MikeofAges. Refresh my memory bro on the demise of Bear Bryant. He croked because he was hunting and couldn't keep up? Did one of his hunting pals pull a Bobby Knight and mistakenly shoot him in the butt? Did an actual bear scare the former Tide head man to death? Was one day without football just enough to push the legend over the edge? I need to know.

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 12:50 pm

Have we seen the last of Jim Calhoun?

I can't believe that someone with Green Monster in their handle would be pleased that a legendary New England coach is down and out.  Time to pay the piper?  For what?  For bringing hope to thousands of kids with cancer, for starting a program and bringing 3 national championships in 15 years with, by far, inferior talent to Duke/NC/Kentucky/Texas, etc.

One player who never even suited up had some calls made illegally to him and you hope that he gets worse?  Go root for the Yankees, you aren't worthy of the Red Sox.

Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 11:43 am

Have we seen the last of Jim Calhoun?


Coach K... now that's a great coach.  Good talent, but not great.

Coach K always gets the top players.  Some years they are rated number 1 in recruits, and every year in the top 10.  I would say that UCONN gets less top players than Duke.

Maybe some fans will remember the year that Coach K has medical problems and his assistant took over, and losses were not credited to his record.  And that was a year that their team wasn't that good.  Maybe that was a little fake injury.  Just saying......  

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:45 am

Have we seen the last of Jim Calhoun?

The only thing old Jimmy can't bully or cheat at is aging. To quote the immortal Clint Eastwood.."we all got it coming, boy"...well karma is knocking Jimbo, time to pay the piper. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:29 am

Have we seen the last of Jim Calhoun?

He should have enough money by now to do whatever he wants.  For better or for worse, he wants to coach basketball.  Coaches are a rare breed, and coaching is a unique profession.  It's sorta like performers in a way.  How does any coach who retires replace the "rush" of being on the floor during games, putting it all on the line in front of a very large audience for a couple of hours?  How does he replace the feeling of being in control and building a program?  
Calhoun, whether or not he has engaged in questionable methods regarding recruiting and retention of athletes, is one of the best coaches in the game.  A lot of coaches have amassed great collections of talent; few of them actually win the NCAA Championship with it.  I"m guessing he gets "carried off on his shield." 

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