Retired UConn men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun was reported to have “significant interest” in the Boston College coaching vacancy, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
When reached for comment Friday afternoon, Calhoun refuted the report — more or less.
“Yeah, I can’t speculate,” Calhoun said. “No one has approached me and I haven’t approached anyone.”
Calhoun told Dom Amore of The Hartford Courant, “I never say never, but I am not trying to get a job.” He also told Gavin Keefe of The New London Day, “I’m not trying to get back into basketball. I’m not seeking a job.”
In a brief interview with Hearst Connecticut, though, he expanded a bit on his thought process.
“Someone is speculating, and like I said, I would never say never, and from that it’s kind of grown it’s own life a little bit,” Calhoun said. “You could say ‘well, say you’re never going to coach again.’ I’m not going to say that. I haven’t thought about it. I shouldn’t say that; that would be untrue. I haven’t done anything about it. I haven’t talked to anybody. I haven’t asked to talk to anybody. No. ”
Calhoun, 71, added: “I have a lot of friends from Boston that certainly want me to be coach of a school of that nature. I’ve made no plans and I haven’t talked to anybody. I’ve made no plans except to be here in Buffalo and go to the Villanova game.”
After retiring in Sept. 2o12, Calhoun has spent the past two years as special assistant to the athletic director, helping with scheduling and fundraising. UConn was ineligible for the NCAA tournament this past season, but the Huskies are back in the Big Dance this week and have advanced to the second round following a dramatic overtime victory over St. Joe’s Thursday night.
When asked if the tournament has him itching to return to coaching, Calhoun said, “No, I mean, well going to Memphis (for the AAC tournament) and watching all those games, yeah sure.”
“I love the game and hopefully, after 40 years of college coaching and coaching in high school too, you’re going to miss the game,” he continued. “Like anybody else, you’re going to miss it badly. And that’s OK.”