Jim Calhoun retired as Connecticut's basketball coach Thursday, closing a 26-year career at the school with three national titles, an upcoming NCAA tournament ban and no apologies. Assistant coach Kevin Ollie will be the Huskies' new coach. (Sept. 13)
Location: Storrs, ConnecticutSource: ESPN[SOT/:Jim Calhoun/Retiring from UCONN]"our fans, students, faculties, employees, alumni, are just plain Connecticut folks. Without you, UConn basketball wouldn't be UConn basketball. I know many times that you think it goes unnoticed. But every time I walk in Gampel Pavilion and the students stand and clap as I walk in, I get chills. It may go unnoticed, but certainly not to me." [SOT/:Jim Calhoun/Retiring from UCONN]"I'd be remiss if I didn't talk about Kevin, who is taking over as the head coach. Kevin, simply put, epitomizes what we want a UConn athlete and student to be all about. When you say that about somebody, that's heavy stuff. I've had 200?something players. Even in a foxhole you need to do a job, there's your guy. Any person that won't quit, there's your guy. He just got a Ph.D. from 13 years in the NBA, with, God rest his soul, Chuck Daly, Larry Brown. Kevin is a great basketball man. He's even a better person. He epitomizes everything we all want at our university."[SOT/:Jim Calhoun/Retiring from UCONN]"I'm one of the luckiest people alive because I've had a chance to touch our players' lives. I just was in with Donny for a few minutes and it was hard for both of us. We go back to the night I took that cab to your house. Everybody else showed up in limousines. Kind of a Bostonian way to do things, I guess. I coached our teams and allowed our teams to be a vehicle to shine a light on this very, very special university."[SOT/:Jim Calhoun/Retiring from UCONN]"But more importantly for all those people who reached out to help us, made the Calhoun's drive to Connecticut 26 and a half years ago, a very, very special thank you very much."