The University of Connecticut announced its first new head men's basketball coach in 26 years on Thursday. Former UConn guard Kevin Ollie (left) took over from his mentor Jim Calhoun (right), the man who took UConn from basketball irrelevance to three national championships.
Calhoun leaves the Huskies with 625 career victories, the aforementioned three NCAA titles and an additional Final Four appearance in 2009. Recurring health issues and NCAA scrutiny have dogged Calhoun over the past several years, and the UConn program appears to be on the ropes as he walks away.
Ollie isn't the first head coach to try to succeed a legend, and he certainly will not be the last. Some have performed admirably, and some have skulked out of their dream job with tails between legs. Some have inherited dream scenarios, and some, like Ollie, walked into programs with problems.
Here are some of the more notable replacements for championship coaches throughout college basketball's history.