Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun is expected to announce his retirement at a news conference scheduled for Thursday, multiple media outlets have reported. The 70-year-old Calhoun, who has coached the Huskies for 26 seasons and won three national titles, will be replaced by assistant coach Kevin Ollie, according to the reports. Ollie agreed to a one-year contract with an evaluation of his coaching to take place after the season, CBSSports.com reported. Ollie, who played for Calhoun at UConn, played in the NBA until 2010, when he became an assistant at UConn. UConn is banned from postseason play in the upcoming season for failing to maintain minimum academic standards. Calhoun's 873 Division I victories rank sixth alltime, behind Mike Krzyzewski, Bob Knight, Jim Boeheim, Dean Smith and Adolph Rupp. He spent 40 years as head coach, first at Northeastern, then at UConn. Four of his teams got to the Final Four and he won national titles in 1999, 2004 and 2011. Calhoun was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. He has had health problems in recent years, and he fractured his hip in an August bicycle accident. Calhoun beat cancer three times, and he missed eight games last season because of a back condition that required surgery. He was suspended for the first three games of the Big East season last winter for what was called a failure to maintain an atmosphere of compliance. Calhoun has two years left on his UConn contract and had said earlier he wanted Ollie to be his successor.
- Jim Boeheim