Jim Calhoun, who turned 76 on Thursday, is a complicated man. For every spastic celebration that followed the many unforgettable March moments his UConn teams produced, there are as many instances of indelible fury.
As the Huskies’ Hall of Fame patriarch is feted with birthday wishes, here are seven joyous occasions in the career of the demonstrative coach … and six times when he wasn’t exactly in a festive mood.
7 Joyful Moments
1. A New Era
On May 15, 1986, a beaming, 44-year-old Calhoun was introduced as the UConn men’s basketball coach. A new, and ultimately rewarding, challenge awaited, but that first-day smile would be sometimes hard to...