Calhoun taking his time to decide his future
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun is preparing for a charity bicycle ride and a trip to the Caribbean, but says he's not ready to decide on his future past that.
The 69-year-old Hall of Fame coach talked to reporters Thursday to promote his annual Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride and Walk, which will be held June 11 in Simsbury.
He said he is letting a decision about retirement ''evolve'' and is not setting a deadline for himself.
He plans to head on vacation with his family in July to the Caribbean, and won't make a decision until after that.
''If I'm here on October 15th, I'm here,'' he said. ''You'll know beforehand if I decide to do something different. But I'm not going to set any more dates.''
Calhoun's health apparently won't be a factor in that decision.
He said he feels good, works out and spends a lot of time riding his bike. He plans to ride between 25 and 50 miles at his annual charity event.
''My wife says I'm trying to ride my bike away from something called age,'' he joked. ''I've always worked out, but now I'm at a level that I probably was 25 years ago.
Calhoun broke several ribs and had to be hospitalized after falling during the charity event in 2009. He also is a three-time cancer survivor, overcoming prostate cancer in 2003 and skin cancer twice, most recently in 2008.
The bike ride benefits the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UConn Health Center in Farmington and Coaches vs. Cancer, an American Cancer Society program.
Calhoun lost his college roommate to cancer last fall and his sister-in-law over the winter.
Calhoun, who led the Huskies in April to a third national championship, has been keeping himself busy with basketball in the offseason.
He said highly touted recruit Ryan Boatright, a guard from Illinois, will begin taking classes at UConn this month, and another recruit may be signed in the next few weeks.
He also said he's been talking to NBA teams about Kemba Walker, and would be shocked if the star guard falls past the seventh or eighth pick in the upcoming draft.