On a day when the college basketball was stung by a breaking scandal, which cost Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino his job at Louisville, another Hall of Famer, former UConn coach Jim Calhoun, appears ready to take a giant step back into the game.
According to sources familiar with the situation, Calhoun will announce that he is indeed going back to work-- at the University of St. Joseph, a Division 3 school in West Haven, Ct, which will begin a men's basketball program in 2018.
"I love being in gyms,'' explained Calhoun, when asked about his interest. ""It's always been part of me. Always will be.''[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
Officially, the announcement, which could come as soon as Thursday, will have Calhoun step into the role of "consultant''. But anyone who has known the 75-year old coach, who retired after 26 seasons at UConn in 2012, knows that the enticement of coaching will be hard to overcome.
Calhoun,, never shy with an opinion, offered an assessment felt by many about the developing scandal involving payments of players, shoe contracts and a variety of assistant and soon to be head coaches--including Pitino.
A bad day for college basketball,'' said Calhoun. ""A sad day. But it's not the end. The sport will bounce back.''
So to will Calhoun, who began his coaching career back at Dedham High School 47 years ago. ""I like being a coach,'' said the man, who has 3 national championships. "It's who I am.''[/membership]