Jim Calhoun Retirement: Twitter Reacts to Hall of Fame Coach Hanging It Up

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Jim Calhoun Retirement: Twitter Reacts to Hall of Fame Coach Hanging It Up
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After spending the last 40 years as a college basketball head coach, including 26 at the University of Connecticut, Jim Calhoun has decided to call it a career. 

At 70 years old, Calhoun walks away from the game with 873 career victories (per ESPN), three NCAA championships, 10 Big East regular season titles and seven Big East Tournament titles. 

As is always the case when big news happens, fans and analysts logged on to Twitter to give their reactions to Calhoun's retirement, final statements and legacy as a basketball coach. 

Here are the best of the best, starting with one from Jessica Hill, who is a photojournalist. She posted a picture of students anxiously awaiting the press conference. 

Since this is Calhoun's press conference, you have to get some quotes from the man himself. Dom Amore, who covers the Huskies for the Hartford Courant, provided two of the very best from the spectacle. 

First, Amore posted one about how touched Calhoun has been by the passion and dedication the fans showed to the program. 

Amore followed that up with one of the more inspirational moments from Calhoun's speech about how he went about making this program into a national power. 

Another great quote from Calhoun came when talking about how he was able to instill the confidence in this program to get to the top of college basketball world. (via SportsCenter)

Mike Piskorski of Fox Connecticut and the Hartford Courant provided a little more information about the transition to Kevin Ollie as head coach and what his future with the program is going to be. 

Ollie is an interesting choice. He certainly has history with the program, but has only been coaching for two years. That's not to say he won't succeed—it is just a lot of pressure to put on a person so new to the profession. 

Yet another quote from Calhoun, courtesy of A Daily Dose of Hoops, came when he was talking about new head coach Kevin Ollie.

Andy Katz of ESPN did provide this interesting little tidbit of information that fans should pay close attention to this year. 

Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe took time out of talking baseball to post his thoughts about Ollie being named UConn head coach. 

University president Susan Herbst delivered a very moving speech to start the press conference, saying this about Calhoun and his importance to the school. 

Magic Johnson paid his respects to Calhoun as both a coach and mentor to so many great talents over the years. 

Of course, it is also important to remember that the program is on probation right now because of NCAA violations, which likely made it easier for Calhoun to walk away. 

Jim Boeheim, who is no stranger to Connecticut and Jim Calhoun, was on the Dan Patrick Show earlier today and had some very nice things to say about the job the Hall of Fame coach did with the program. (via Paul Pabst)

Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News took to defending Calhoun for some of the backlash that has been hurled his way during his career as coach. 

Connecticut fan Brooks Santanello had this to say about what watching Huskies basketball meant to him as a young man. 

Joseph Lima, who has a very appropriate background to sum up the new dawn happening at UConn, is ready to usher in the new era. 

When Calhoun started talking, he got a little choked up, which is understandable. Chris Keenist summed up what that kind of emotion means in the sports world. 

Pitcher Parker Devenney likely said what so many people in Connecticut and around the country are thinking right now. 

When you see an institution, which is what Calhoun has been for so long at UConn, step aside, it really makes you wonder how the program will respond. It will be strange not to see him with the Huskies anymore.

The artist known as Daniel Slater Nash helped put a bow on all the moving and shuffling going on in the Big East over the past few months, including the retirement of Calhoun. 

Meanwhile. Dayshima Jackson puts a common spin on the job that Kevin Ollie has in front of him, which is not an enviable one.  

Boston enthusiast Caroline White puts a simple bow on what the end of the Calhoun era will mean for Connecticut basketball. 

The Jim Calhoun era is over but his legacy will last forever. 

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