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Notes/Quotes from Gampel: “The first step to being special is believing that you’re special.”

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There were so many memorable moments and quotes at Jim Calhoun’s retirement press conference Thursday. Here are the ones that stuck (at least to me): JIM CALHOUN: “The first step to being special is believing that you’re special.” KEVIN OLLIE: “I wouldn’t want to be nowhere else but right here. This is my dream job. […] [Read More]
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Jim Calhoun tribute video

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The UConn athletic department posted this tribute video to retiring coach Jim Calhoun: [Read More]
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Jim Calhoun’s ‘This is Sportscenter’ commercial

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Always game for an inspiration speech, Jim Calhoun delivered one — sort of — to a group of Sportscenter anchors as part of a 2010 “This is Sportscenter” commercial. Notice one of the anchors receiving the pep talk is none other than Jonathan the Husky. (Hat tip to Marcus Lynam of ESPN marketing for tweeting […] [Read More]
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Is Kevin Ollie the right guy?

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Before the 2 p.m. news conference at Gampel Pavillion in which Jim Calhoun will announce his retirement, UConn administrators have announced Huskies assistant Kevin Ollie will take over — for now. Ollie, a two-time UConn captain who emerged from the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association to have a 13-year NBA career, has been strongly endorsed by […] [Read More]
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How state papers covered Jim Calhoun retirement news

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Unsurprisingly, Jim Calhoun’s expected retirement announcement dominated the front pages of state newspapers, nearly all of which have covered the Hall of Fame coach in one way or another for more than two decades. Here’s a look at how the news was covered: . [Read More]
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Timeline: Jim Calhoun through the years

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A Closer Look: Kevin Ollie

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Legendary UConn coach Jim Calhoun will formally announce his retirement at a 2 p.m. press conference Thursday. Kevin Ollie, an assistant for the past two years, will take over for this year, a source told Hearst Connecticut Media Group.  CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman reported that Ollie agreed to a one-year deal with an evaluation at the […] [Read More]
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Three Shining moments for Calhoun, UConn: Which is your favorite?

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Though there are other signature moments for which Jim Calhoun will be remembered — Tate George’s game-winner against Clemson during the Dream Season, any number of Ray Allen highlights — here’s a stat that’s nearly as central to his legacy as his 876 career wins: Calhoun coached in three national championship games and won all […] [Read More]
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