ESPN.com is reporting that former UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun has “significant interest” in the vacant head coaching position at Boston College. Calhoun retired from coaching in 2012 but has recently made it known he is not ruling out a return to the sidelines. Calhoun coaching at BC would be a bit ironic given the reaction he and the state of Connecticut had to BC leaving the Big East conference for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2003.
ESPN.com is reporting: “Calhoun, 71, stepped down before the start of the 2012-13 season after suffering a broken hip in a bike-riding accident. He’s a native of Braintree, Mass.; attended American International College in Springfield, Mass.; and then coached Northeastern in Boston from 1972-86…Calhoun, who is the special assistant to UConn athletic director Warde Manuel, told ESPN last week that he is in good health and reiterated that he would not rule out a return to coaching. When reached for comment on Friday morning, Calhoun declined to talk specifically about any interest in the BC job. However, he did not rule out his interest in returning to the sidelines.”
Upon hearing of the ESPN report, Calhoun told the Hartford Courant, “I have not talked to any school, and I don’t plan on talking to any other school. … I never say never, but I am not trying to get a job.”
That, of course, is a non-denial denial. He may not have talked to officials at BC but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have “significant interest” in coaching there and it doesn’t mean the ESPN report is wrong.
There was certainly bitterness when BC left the Big East for the ACC. Calhoun vowed that UConn would never play BC again as long as he was coach. Then-state Attorney General (now US Senator) Richard Blumenthal went so far as to sue BC Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo and ACC Commissioner John Swofford over the move.
The name being tossed around as the next BC coach has been Tommy Amaker, the current coach of Harvard. Harvard upset No. 5 seed Cincinnati Thursday in the NCAA tournament.
“I would not be opposed to talking to anyone about basketball,” Calhoun said.