College Basketball

Jim Calhoun Reportedly Interested in Boston College Head Coaching Job

Jim Calhoun speaks with during a program honoring his coaching career at the University of Connecticut, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Storrs, Conn. Calhoun retired a year ago with 873 wins and 380 losses after 40 seasons as a head coach, 26 of them at Connecticut. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2014

Legendary University of Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun is currently retired, but a return to coaching could potentially be in the cards for the 71-year-old basketball Hall of Famer.

According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com, Calhoun has "significant interest" in the head coaching job at Boston College.

"I would not be opposed to talking to anyone about basketball," Calhoun said.

However, New Haven Register's David Borges has conflicting news:

Calhoun retired in 2012 due in part to health issues, including hip and back ailments. At that time, Calhoun believed that stepping away was the right decision, per ESPN.com's Andy Katz.

I always said that I would know when it was time, whenever that might be. The hip injury really didn't enter into the decision, except that it gave me more time to think about it and the more I thought about it, the more I became convinced that this was the right time to move on to the next phase of my life.

Perhaps it shouldn't come as a big surprise that a competitive person like Calhoun wants to get back in the game. That is especially true since Boston College would appear to present the perfect situation.

Calhoun is a Massachusetts native, and Boston College would certainly benefit from a high-profile hire. The Eagles fired head coach Steve Donahue after a disappointing 8-24 season this year, and Calhoun could potentially turn things around in a hurry.

Even so, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Boston College may not be interested in the three-time NCAA national champion:

If Wojnarowski's source is accurate, then it is only natural to question why Boston College doesn't want to bring Calhoun aboard.

Further muddling things, Kevin Duffy of The Connecticut Post further debunks the Globe's report:

Perhaps his age and health problems have something to do with it, but finding a better in-game coach and recruiter is essentially impossible.

Provided Calhoun is serious about a return to coaching, one can only assume that there will be plenty of interest. Whether Calhoun would entertain coaching somewhere other than Boston College is unknown, but he should have some options.

Even if Boston College isn't 100 percent sold on Calhoun, though, it would be doing its fanbase a disservice if it doesn't at least explore the possibility of hiring him.

 

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