Jim Calhoun, Geno Auriemma Joining Legends of all Kinds in Connecticut Hall of Fame

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Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma are joining an exclusive group on Wednesday.

It includes Noah Webster, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Igor Sikorsky, Jackie Robinson, Paul Newman, Kate Hepburn and others. It’s the Connecticut Hall of Fame, as administered by the Connecticut General Assembly.

All those famous folks have a connection to Connecticut, lived here for a time. Auriemma, who arrived in 1985, and Calhoun, who came a year later, have made their mark in state history and on Connecticut’s culture, and they will be honored for it together at 2 p.m. in the state Legislative Office Building. Calhoun, who led the men to three national championships, retired in September. Auriemma just led the women to their eighth championship. Word got out Tuesday that Calhoun and Auriemma will be the new inductees.

Husky Day at the State Capitol will follow next at 3 p.m., the annual visit of the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the football team to meet and greet.

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12 thoughts on “Jim Calhoun, Geno Auriemma Joining Legends of all Kinds in Connecticut Hall of Fame

  1. Mike McManus

    HHHood rides again….please everyone, don’t reply and maybe he’ll go away?

  2. Eddie

    Calhoun is a major culprit in the big problems UConn now has–unapologetically ran a pro team with no connection to the college—now they are a laughing stock with the lowest graduation rate in Div 1 (that is fact) and no reputable league wants them. Big ten: never. ACC: not in this lifetime!!

    1. UconnFan

      Eddie,Your statement is not even close to the truth! The SEC has held the dubious title of lowest graduation rates for years.

      1. UconnFan

        Oops, nevermind – you’re right Eddie. I checked and see that our graduation rate is pathetic. KO is continuing this trend by recruiting with no regard to academic achhievement.

  3. Hip Hop Hood

    I know I always railroad against Calhoun and Auriemma, but I do respect the programs they’ve built and the players they’ve helped mold along the way.

  4. Eddie

    Wake up about Calhoun, Tom. Great coach yes–good for the college as a college–no way. I think the graduation rate number is just a fact, so whether I am an idiot or not, you can verify where UConn is one way or the other pretty easily. If UConn was not in such bad shape on this stuff, it would have moved on with Syracuse, Pitt and others to greener pastures–fair or not, no big name league wants them.

    1. UconnFan

      Eddie, so I guess you think teams like Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky along with several others are not running pre NBA camps with their one and done campaign. And this switching to conferences has very little to do with how good their graduation rate is on the basketball teams but how much money their football team can bring in from bowl games where the almighty dollar is kong.

      1. Hip Hop Hood

        Based on that, we will never get out of this conference because we don’t fill our stadium and we don’t travel to bowl games. And our stadium is tiny so there’s no excuse for not filling it up.

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