Tim Welsh, Scott Burrell on Jim Calhoun's Retirement
"He was always one of the fiercest competitors from afar. When you were toe-to-toe against him, he was not only one of the top coaches but one of the toughest guys on the sidelines.You always knew when you played his team, it was going to be a streetfight, and it was also going to be a track meet as well. They were street-tough, but they also played a game you liked to play and watch: uptempo and fast, but you knew you were going to have to play tough to win."
In my career as a sports writer, I can say I've never seen a worse loser than Jim Calhoun -- in the sense that he hated it so much. Refused to accept it, and a long-winded diatribe aimed largely at his players, sometimes at the media, usually followed. But Welsh came from a different point of view.
"It’s a sad day for UConn basketball but he built a great legacy at UConn. He left on top no matter what the record says last year.
He’s going out as one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time.
He’s won three national championships and there’s not many coaches you can say that about.
I’m sure he’s happy with what he’s accomplished. I know his hip’s a little sore but I know deep down he’s happy."
Burrell said that he knew that Calhoun was going to retire he just didn’t know the timing of it.