According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, former UConn coach Jim Calhoun has "significant interest" in the vacant Boston College job. What I don't even.
Calhoun, who is the special assistant to UConn athletic director Warde Manuel, told ESPN last week that he is in good health and reiterated that he would not rule out a return to coaching. When reached for comment on Friday morning, Calhoun declined to talk specifically about any interest in the BC job. However, he did not rule out his interest in returning to the sidelines.
"I would not be opposed to talking to anyone about basketball," Calhoun said.
The 71-year-old has been out of coaching since 2012, the year he stepped down as coach of the Huskies. Calhoun's interest in the BC job is a bit curious as the long-time UConn coach was a big reason why the BC-UConn hoops rivalry ended when the Eagles left the Big East for the ACC. He did, however, say that he'd "never say never" to a return to coaching.
Personal feelings about Calhoun aside, the coach can certainly win. He's 873-380 in a career that's spanned 40 years at Northeastern and Connecticut. His teams have won three national championships (1999, 2004, 2011) and played in four Final Fours. In 2005, the Braintree native was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
While Calhoun seems to have an interest in the open BC position, the interest may not be mutual according to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski.
As @GoodmanESPN reports, Jim Calhoun is interested in the Boston College job. The interest isn't mutual, sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 21, 2014
Health could be a concern as could BC's icy relationship with the former UConn coach. But if the floor for Boston College's head coaching search is a three-time national champion head coach, Bates could do a lot worse with this coaching hire.
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