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UConn’s Hall Of Fame Coach Jim Calhoun Retires

STORRS, CT- SEPTEMBER 13: University Of Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun announces his retirement at a news conference on September 13, 2012 in Storrs, Connecticut. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
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Hall of Fame college basketball legend Jim Calhoun is calling it a career. And what a successful one it was.

Calhoun led the Huskies to three National Championship in his 25-year tenure with the school, retiring tenth on the all-time wins list with 873.

The 70-year-old, who is the oldest coach to ever win a Division 1 national title, was also well known for overcoming battles off the court, including a bout with prostate cancer, squamous cell carcinoma and spinal stenosis.

Following an accident that left him with a broken hip last month, Calhoun leaves as his team is ineligible for the 2013 NCAA Tournament, due to a low team APR – the NCAA’s punishment for low academic scores.

ESPN.com reports his full retirement won’t come immediately:

Calhoun will take a transition appointment through next spring as a special assistant to athletic director Warde Manuel. When fully retired, he will become head coach emeritus.

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