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

reached.

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.