Why Jim Calhoun won’t be cheering for UConn

It's not that Jim Calhoun (left) doesn't want UConn to win. It's just that he can't bring himself to cheer.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jim Calhoun is watching the Connecticut Huskies at this Final Four, not coaching them. That’s a little bit of a problem.

”My wife said, `You don’t cheer during games,”’ Calhoun said on the eve of Connecticut’s national semifinal against Florida. ”I said, `I’m not a cheerleader. I’m a coach.”’

Calhoun won three national titles in four trips to the Final Four, the last coming in 2011. He retired before the start of the 2012-13 season and is now a special assistant to athletic director Warde Manual.

He won’t be on the bench – that job belongs to Kevin Ollie now – but it won’t make much difference to Calhoun’s insides.

”Do I get nervous before games? My stomach will be flopping,” Calhoun said. ”Before the game, somewhere around 4 o’clock, I’ll get that coach’s look, which means miserable, grumpy, whatever word you want.”

Calhoun seemed to enjoy his new role, though, stopping for interviews several times and never being at a loss for words. He described his hands as ”soaking wet” during the regional final victory against Michigan State last weekend.


”A good line I heard one time is by Bill Parcells,” Calhoun said. ”I see too much, meaning I can see the play coming, I can see the sub coming. I see too much sometimes.”