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BluegrassBelle
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re: Jim Calhoun expected to retire

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I loved to hate him but wish him good health.


No doubt. Agree with whomever said he should've gone out after their 2011 championship though.

Geno gonna love not having to share the spotlight though.


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FootballNostradamus
Clemson Fan
Member since Nov 2009
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re: Jim Calhoun expected to retire
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Top 5 easily? Who out of K, Wooden, Rupp, Smith, or Knight are you leaving off? I'd feel a lot better about his legacy if it there wasn't academic and recruiting violations following him the whole time. Not to mention harboring criminals on his team.



You're comparing coaches who won at Duke, Indiana, Kentucky, UCLA and UNC to someone who won at CONNECTICUT.

Calhoun's coaching job at UCONN has never and will never be replicated. He built that entire program's athletic department with his basketball team's success. He's Bill Snyder of College Basketball x100000.

I don't have the slightest problem saying he's better than Dean Smith. Smith is the most overrated coach of all-time. I'd also put him slightly above Knight and then he's fighting with K, Wooden, and Rupp for GOAT.


REG861
Vanderbilt Fan
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Member since Oct 2011
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re: Jim Calhoun expected to retire
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You're comparing coaches who won at Duke, Indiana, Kentucky, UCLA and UNC to someone who won at CONNECTICUT.


Duke had never won anything before K. A couple final fours, yes, but not a perennial contender

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I don't have the slightest problem saying he's better than Dean Smith. Smith is the most overrated coach of all-time. I'd also put him slightly above Knight and then he's fighting with K, Wooden, and Rupp for GOAT.


Somewhat agree about Dean Smith, but Wooden is unquestionably the GOAT imo


Elleshoe
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re: Jim Calhoun expected to retire
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Top 5 easily? Who out of K, Wooden, Rupp, Smith, or Knight are you leaving off? I'd feel a lot better about his legacy if it there wasn't academic and recruiting violations following him the whole time. Not to mention harboring criminals on his team.



You're comparing coaches who won at Duke, Indiana, Kentucky, UCLA and UNC to someone who won at CONNECTICUT.

Calhoun's coaching job at UCONN has never and will never be replicated. He built that entire program's athletic department with his basketball team's success. He's Bill Snyder of College Basketball x100000.

I don't have the slightest problem saying he's better than Dean Smith. Smith is the most overrated coach of all-time. I'd also put him slightly above Knight and then he's fighting with K, Wooden, and Rupp for GOAT.



oh lawd.


blzr
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re: Jim Calhoun expected to retire
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Calhoun's coaching job at UCONN has never and will never be replicated. He built that entire program's athletic department with his basketball team's success.


This is literally what Gene Bartow did in the 80's at UAB. I'd put Bartow up there with Calhoun. But he's not top 5
This post was edited on 9/12 at 11:18 pm


bigt41
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BluegrassBelle
Kentucky Fan
Don't hate da slayer, hate da game
Member since Nov 2010
52113 posts

re: Jim Calhoun expected to retire
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oh lawd


Yeah no kidding.

Because Rupp isn't pretty much THE guy at Kentucky. I mean he only coached there for 40 years, 5th in most wins all-time, and is 2nd in winning percentage (42 years and won 82% of his games during that time).

And that's just Rupp. Tip of the iceberg.

He's maybe Top 10. I'd be willing to say if you look at total body of work, Pitino may be a better coach then Calhoun.
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FootballNostradamus
Clemson Fan
Member since Nov 2009
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re: Jim Calhoun expected to retire
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Duke had never won anything before K. A couple final fours, yes, but not a perennial contender


They still had a program. They were still relevant. No one had ever fvcking heard of UCONN.

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Somewhat agree about Dean Smith, but Wooden is unquestionably the GOAT imo


O absolutely. I didn't mean to make it sound like I didn't have Wooden at the top, but I also didn't wanna sidetrack the thread into some GOAT argument.

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This is literally what Gene Bartow did in the 80's at UAB. I'd put Bartow up there with Calhoun. But he's not top 5


Sometimes I love this board. Comparing Gene fvcking Bartow to Jim Calhoun. A guy who won nothing compared to someone who won three National Championships.

God bless this board sometimes.


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ohiovol
Tennessee Fan
Member since Jan 2010
15191 posts

re: Jim Calhoun expected to retire
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You're comparing coaches who won at Duke, Indiana, Kentucky, UCLA and UNC to someone who won at CONNECTICUT.

Calhoun's coaching job at UCONN has never and will never be replicated. He built that entire program's athletic department with his basketball team's success. He's Bill Snyder of College Basketball x100000.

I don't have the slightest problem saying he's better than Dean Smith. Smith is the most overrated coach of all-time. I'd also put him slightly above Knight and then he's fighting with K, Wooden, and Rupp for GOAT.


I don't think he's better than Knight or actually in the discussion for GOAT, but I do understand the argument for putting him in the top 5.
This post was edited on 9/13 at 7:26 am


fightingtiger2335
Southeastern LA Fan
heh?
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60188 posts

re: Jim Calhoun expected to retire
Calhoun is a cheat and a coward and only left because of the post season ban. Good riddance


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