Sep 1, 2011
Calhoun Officially Set To Return To UConn

Although it seemed like a foregone conclusion, UConn men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun officially announced he is returning for a shot at a fourth national championship.

Calhoun told UConn President Susan Herbst in a conversation on Wednesday morning that he would return for the 2011-12 season, according to UConn’s Athletic Communications. The conversation between the two was on a variety of topics, and when the subject turned to Calhoun’s return, the coach told Herbst he intended to coach the reigning NCAA champions.

“He told me today he is staying, Herbst told the Hartford Courant’s Jeff Jacobs. “Obviously, we’re thrilled about it.”

Calhoun also told Herbst that he wanted her to be the first person—other than his family—to know, and that she was able to share the news.

Kyle Muncy, assistant director of athletics, said Calhoun would not comment publicly at this time.

Calhoun is under contract until June 2014. This year marks Calhoun’s 40th season in college basketball and 26th at the helm for the Huskies. Calhoun has coached UConn to three national championships, four Final Four berths and 17 Big East (regular season and tournament) championships.

The Hall of Fame coach began his coaching career at Northeastern before making the trip south to Storrs. After turning in the black and red of the Northeastern Huskies for blue and white, Calhoun continued his program building ways. Now he stands as one of eight Division-1 coaches to be a member of the 800-win club.

The team’s schedule was finalized Wednesday. The Huskies will start their title defense Nov. 11 against Columbia at Gampel Pavilion. UConn heads to the Bahamas Nov. 24 for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. The team’s first game will be against UNC Ashville at 7 p.m. On Dec. 3 at 3:15 p.m., the Huskies battle Arkansas at the XL Center in the Big East/SEC Challenge. In the final contest before Big East play, UConn will host sophomore Tyler Olander’s brother, senior center Ryan Olander, and Fairfield on Dec. 22 in Hartford.

As part of the punishment for UConn’s NCAA violations, Calhoun will serve a three-game suspension at the start of the Big East slate. The Huskies will play Seton Hall, Rutgers, Syracuse and Notre Dame twice this season, including a home-and-home series with the Scarlet Knights in January. The Orange will travel to Storrs for a 9 p.m. primetime matchup on Feb. 25, as ESPN’s College Gameday show will take place that morning. On March 3, UConn plays its final home game at noon against Pittsburgh at Gampel Pavilion.

Calhoun Officially Set To Return To UConn

Daily Campus, Matt McDonough

http://www.dailycampus.com/sports/calhoun-returning-for-26th-season-in-storrs-1.2570617

Although it seemed like a foregone conclusion, UConn men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun officially announced he is returning for a shot at a fourth national championship.

Calhoun told UConn President Susan Herbst in a conversation on Wednesday morning that he would return for the 2011-12 season, according to UConn’s Athletic Communications. The conversation between the two was on a variety of topics, and when the subject turned to Calhoun’s return, the coach told Herbst he intended to coach the reigning NCAA champions.

“He told me today he is staying, Herbst told the Hartford Courant’s Jeff Jacobs. Obviously, we’re thrilled about it.”

Calhoun also told Herbst that he wanted her to be the first person—other than his family—to know, and that she was able to share the news.

Kyle Muncy, assistant director of athletics, said Calhoun would not comment publicly at this time.

Calhoun is under contract until June 2014. This year marks Calhoun’s 40th season in college basketball and 26th at the helm for the Huskies. Calhoun has coached UConn to three national championships, four Final Four berths and 17 Big East (regular season and tournament) championships.

The Hall of Fame coach began his coaching career at Northeastern before making the trip south to Storrs . After turning in the black and red of the Northeastern Huskies for blue and white, Calhoun continued his program building ways. Now he stands as one of eight Division-1 coaches to be a member of the 800-win club.

The team’s schedule was finalized Wednesday. The Huskies will start their title defense Nov. 11 against Columbia at Gampel Pavilion. UConn heads to the Bahamas Nov. 24 for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. The team’s first game will be against UNC Ashville at 7 p.m . On Dec. 3 at 3:15 p.m ., the Huskies battle Arkansas at the XL Center in the Big East/SEC Challenge. In the final contest before Big East play, UConn will host sophomore Tyler Olander’s brother, senior center Ryan Olander, and Fairfield on Dec. 22 in Hartford.

As part of the punishment for UConn’s NCAA violations, Calhoun will serve a three-game suspension at the start of the Big East slate. The Huskies will play Seton Hall, Rutgers, Syracuse and Notre Dame twice this season, including a home-and-home series with the Scarlet Knights in January. The Orange will travel to Storrs for a 9 p.m . primetime matchup on Feb. 25, as ESPN’s College Gameday show will take place that morning. On March 3, UConn plays its final home game at noon against Pittsburgh at Gampel Pavilion.






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