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UConn Basketball: Jim Calhoun Will Always Remain a Top Ten Coach

KNOXVILLE, TN - JANUARY 21: Connecticut Huskies head coach Jim Calhoun talks to Jeremy Lamb #3 during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena on January 21, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Connecticut 60-57. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Doug BrodessCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2012

Jim Calhoun is reportedly retiring as UConn's head men's basketball coach.

He has been a Division I coach for 40 years—14 seasons at Northeastern before logging 26 seasons in Storrs.

Calhoun is currently No. 6 on the all-time wins list:

1. Mike Krzyzewski (927 wins)

2. Bob Knight (902)

3. Jim Boeheim (890)

4. Dean Smith (879)

5. Adolph Rupp (876)

6. Jim Calhoun (875)

7. Eddie Sutton (804)

8. Lefty Driesell (786)

9. Lute Olson (780)

10. Lou Henson (779)

Note: Calhoun would have passed Dean Smith and Adolph Rupp to No. 4 if he had won his first five games of the 2012-13 season.

Jim Calhoun will almost certainly always remain in the Top Ten winningest coaches list.

None of the four coaches that are immediately behind him on this list (Sutton, Driesell, Olson or Henson) are still coaching. So, therefore, they will never overtake Calhoun in future years.

The next five coaches on the all-time wins list who are still actively coaching are as follows:

Bob Huggins (710)

Rollie Massimino (687)

Roy Williams (675)

Bo Ryan (651)

Rick Byrd (637)

Of these five, only Huggins, who is 58 years old, probably has the chance to coach enough years to amass enough wins to over take Calhoun.

Other successful current coaches would have to be in place a long time to catch Calhoun.

For example, Mike Montgomery (Cal) has 635 career wins at age 65. Probably only going to coach a few more years.

Rick Pitino (629 wins) has announced that he is going to coach for another five years.

Even if Pitino won every game that Louisville played in that time period, he wouldn't catch Calhoun.

No one is piling up wins faster than John Calipari right now. Since coming to Kentucky three years ago, Coach Cal has won 102 games. 

Calipari, who is 53 years old, has 505 career victories. At his current W pace, Calipari would have to coach 11 more years to catch Calhoun. That is possible, but there's a good chance that Calipari will hang 'em up before then.

Billy Donovan (47years old and 421 career wins) would have to coach another 20-plus years to come close to catching Calhoun.

It's not that no one will ever catch or pass Calhoun. It just isn't too likely that enough coaches will stay in it long enough and be successful  enough to overtake Calhoun.

Like him or not, Jim Calhoun's place among the top coaches of all-time is secure.

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