BUFFALO, N.Y. – Let’s start with the “news of the day.”
Is Jim Calhoun going to coach Boston College? I don’t believe so. Will he coach somewhere? I wouldn’t bet against that, would you?
It is hard to imagine Calhoun severing his ties with UConn, a school that named a street after him. He has the run of the place, and can do what almost anything he wants. … Almost.
Let’s face it: every great coach misses it after retirement, and many come back. Sometimes it’s a mistake, but it happens. Where do we start? Vince Lombardi came back after a year to coach the Redskins. Bill Parcells came back multiple times. Red Holzman came back. Earl Weaver, Jim Leyland. You think there’s a chance Phil Jackson, whatever his title, will end up on the Knicks bench? This list goes on and on. Bill Snyder. Bud Wilkinson. Dick Vermeil.
As he neared 70, Joe Torre flirted with retirement each year but would always say, “I don’t want to miss out on any fun,” and he’d come back. Jim Boeheim expressed similar sentiments today, that he won’t retire until he is sure he is ready, because every coach he has talked to misses it.
The attention Larry Brown has gotten at SMU clearly intrigues Jim Calhoun, and it could also intrigue a school out there, one that needs to be put on the map. A school like that would love to have Calhoun for however long they could get him, and gladly take whoever he’d want as a designated successor.
I’m not saying this is going to happen, I’m saying don’t be shocked if it done, because this type of comeback has happened a hundred times before. When coaching is in the blood for 40 years, it never completely gets out. And Calhoun is tanned and rested.
Shabazz Napier said if Calhoun does come back, he’d apply for a job as one of his assistants some day. He was joking, but Kevin Ollie was serious when he said Napier could be a coach one day. Then he said he would fight Calhoun for his services. ********
Ollie was exceptionally good on the podium today – relaxed, funny, charming.Here’s more from his press session, as we shift the focus back to UConn-Villanova and the NCAA Tournament:
“[Villanova’s] a great, amazing three?point shooting team. I think they’ve taken probably, I think, top ten in three?point attempts. I think they’re in the top five of made three?point field goal shooting teams.
So we’re going to have our work cut out for us. We’ve got to run them off the three?point line. We’ve got to play Pinkston down low. He’s a great player also. That’s what gives them their balance, and that’s what makes them tough to guard. Jay [Wright] does a wonderful job exploiting matchups. So we’re going to have to be able to be matched up and play our type of basketball and just play with energy and passion. Hopefully, we can come out with the win tomorrow night.”
“I don’t care who we’re playing. We want to get to the next round. It’s great to see Jay [Wright]. It’s great to see a foe that we’ve had so many battles against. Villanova’s a great team. We’re going to go out there and play.
But we’re worried about and concerned about UConn and our keys to the Continue reading