Jim Calhoun will be joining ESPN's college basketball broadcast team.
Calhoun, who retired as UConn coach in September 2012 after 26 seasons and three national championships, will do most of his work in Bristol, ESPN's home base, providing studio analysis, a network source, requesting anonymity, told The Courant. Calhoun, 72, will occasionally travel to games and contribute to "SportsCenter." .
The hiring was first reported by TheBigLead.com.
Since retiring, Calhoun has worked at UConn in an advisory capacity, helping in fundraising and appearing at speaking engagements. He will continue that role.
But he has been considering several directions as various health issues have subsided. There were reports last spring that he was interested in returning to coaching, but he has said that, though he would never rule it out, he is not looking for a coaching job. As the Huskies won the national championship for coach Kevin Ollie last March, Calhoun was a fixture at the tournament, and has sat courtside at most UConn home games since Ollie took over.
Though he is known for his Boston accent and rapid-fire manner of speaking, Calhoun has appeared many times on television and radio and has had no trouble slowing down and getting his point across – especially on the subject of basketball and its nuances.
Many coaches have become part of ESPN's team, starting with Dick Vitale and Jim Valvano. Digger Phelps, Bob Knight and Seth Greenberg, among others, have had long runs on ESPN. Many coaches, most recently Bruce Pearl, now at Auburn, have returned to coaching after doing TV work.
Calhoun, former South Florida coach Stan Heath and Craig Robinson, formerly of Oregon State, will be joining the network this season.