Report: UConn, Calhoun close to deal
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said Sunday a new multiyear contract
with the school is “right on the horizon,” but no deal has been
Calhoun denied a report by ESPN.com, which said Saturday he
had agreed to a five-year contract.
“It’s right on the horizon, but once again, I haven’t signed
anything,” the 67-year-old Calhoun said. “Maybe somebody else has.
My wife signs all of my checks, maybe she did that.”
Calhoun, who has two national titles and took the Huskies to
the Final Four last season, is making $1.6 million in 2009-10, the
final year of a six-year deal.
Women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, who has brought six
national championships to Storrs, signed a five-year, $8 million
deal in June.
Calhoun was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in
2005. He coached UConn to a 60-51 win over UCF on Sunday, and has a
career record of 812-344, good enough for sixth on the NCAA
Division I wins list.
Several off-the-court issues had prompted questions about
Calhoun’s future, including an investigation into UConn’s
recruitment of former player Nate Miles. Calhoun has acknowledged
that he or his staff may have made mistakes in recruiting Miles.
The coach also has been treated for cancer three times during
his UConn career, including last summer when he successfully
battled skin cancer.
In June, he had to be hospitalized after breaking several
ribs during a charity bike ride.