Friday, April 10, 2009

Jim Calhoun to Return to UConn

Calhoun had a lot to deal with this season. It started with a pre-season bout with cancer, the third time in his career life he has beaten the disease, ended with a thorough whooping from Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans in Detroit, with a little bit of turmoil and a lot of bit of scandal in between.

With the pending investigation into his program and the significant losses the Huskies face (Hasheem Thabeet, AJ Price, Jeff Adrien, Craig Austrie, possibly Stanley Robinson), it seemed to many that this run to the Final Four was the perfect way for a coach like Calhoun to ride off into the proverbial sunset.

If you know who Calhoun is, then there is one certainty - he is going to do things on his time.

Calhoun has announced that he will, in fact, be returning to coach the Huskies in the 2009-2010 campaign. In a statement released by the school, Calhoun said:

In many ways, the journey of this past season has made me realize how much I love coaching this game, how much I love my kids and how much I enjoy being at Connecticut.
Having your school be investigated by the NCAA is not exactly the best way to attract top tier talent, especially when there is a chance the investigation involves a player currently on the team (Ater Majok).

But Calhoun is one of the best coaches in the country, especially when it comes to getting kids to the league. And if he is anything, he is resilient. So if the Huskies do end up having a down year, don't expect any excuses out of Calhoun.

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