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Report: Calhoun will retire today

NEW YORK — Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun will retire today, several media sources reported Wednesday. Assistant Kevin Ollie is expected to be announced as his replacement during a news conference.

Between stints at Northeastern and Connecticut, Calhoun, 70, won 873 games, 625 at UConn, where he coached 26 years and won three national titles.

Recently, though, the Hall of Famer has struggled with health problems, including a fractured hip last month that put him on crutches.

Ollie will take over a Huskies team that is ineligible for the 2013 NCAA Tournament because of its failure to meet national academic standards, one of several off-court problems that hit UConn late in Calhoun's tenure.

The Huskies will open this season with just five players who saw significant playing time last season.

Before fracturing his hip, Calhoun fought off cancer three times and missed eight games last season while suffering from a spinal condition. He returned just four days after having back surgery to coach the Huskies in their regular-season finale and the postseason.

UConn finished 20-14, losing to Iowa State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

In addition to his medical leave, Calhoun served a three-game suspension at the start of the Big East season last winter for failing to maintain an atmosphere of compliance in his program with NCAA rules, an issued that dated back to recruiting violations in 2008.

Calhoun spent 14 seasons at Northeastern, leading it from a Division II program to a mid-major power with five appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Calhoun was hired by UConn in May 1986 and won an NIT title in his second season. He won 10 Big East regular-season championships and seven Big East tournament titles.

In 1999, he coached the Huskies to a 34-2 record and their first NCAA championship, a 77-74 upset of Duke at Tropicana Field.

In 2004, the Huskies started and ended the season at No. 1, beating Georgia Tech 82-73 in the NCAA title game. The Huskies, led by Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon, won their six tournament games by an average of about 17 points.

In 2011, UConn finished the regular season in ninth place in the Big East before reeling off 11 consecutive wins during the postseason, including a 53-41 victory over Butler in the national title game.

Calhoun's only loss in the Final Four came in 2009 to Michigan State in the national semifinals.

Football

Mississippi St.: A coach in Tennessee said he saw freshman defensive back Will Redmond receive money from a booster during the recruiting process. Byron De'Vinner, who coaches a 7-on-7 team during the summer in Nashville, told a radio show in Mississippi he witnessed a "handshake" worth about $200 and that former Mississippi State assistant coach Angelo Mirando knew about it. De'Vinner declined to comment when reached by The Associated Press. Mirando resigned as the Bulldogs receivers coach on Aug. 19. Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen declined to comment.

Nebraska: Starting defensive tackle Chase Rome left the program. Pelini said Rome's "personal goals and personal perception of where he should be on this football team doesn't match the team goals." Rome had four tackles in two games.

Penn St.: Starting receiver Shawney Kersey left the team for undisclosed reasons. He remains enrolled in school. Kersey was one of the most experienced returning receivers after the transfer of Justin Brown to Oklahoma and offseason departure of Devon Smith.

Report: Calhoun will retire today 09/12/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 11:29pm]
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