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March 23, 2014

Ex-coach steals some of UConn's thunder

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Satisfied, Jim? The attention is on you.

There was Jay Bilas. There was Digger Phelps. There was Bruce Pearl. They were all talking about UConn so enthusiastically Friday on ESPN. Or rather they were talking how great it would be for septuagenarian Jim Calhoun to return to the game as Boston College coach.

And then there were the top stories listed all day on ESPN.com. Again, UConn was highly promoted among them. Or rather, Calhoun was. The story caught on like wildfire. The Courant splashed it across its website. So did other Connecticut outlets. Calhoun was the rage of the Internet, talk shows, et al.

Satisfied, Jim? In the midst of the delightful NCAA Tournament madness of Dayton upsetting Ohio State, Mercer upsetting Duke and, most important, your former players stopping St. Joe’s in an overtime thriller, we are treated to this:

“Former UConn coach Jim Calhoun has significant interest in the Boston College opening, multiple sources told ESPN.”

That was the news.

“As @GoodmanESPN reports, Jim Calhoun is interested in the Boston College job. The interest isn’t mutual, sources tell Yahoo Sports.”

That was the tweet Friday by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!.

If those reports are both accurate — and there is no evidence that either is untrue — it also should be the end of the story, right? Calhoun, who’ll be 72 in May, wants to coach BC. BC doesn’t want Calhoun to coach BC. Period.

Yet it’s not the end of the story.

I am now convinced Calhoun wants to get back into the game. I covered him long enough to know he loves to coach, but he loves winning and the attention more. I decided to keep my distance from Calhoun after he retired as UConn coach. He doesn’t need my negative butt in his life. He deserves to enjoy his retirement with his wonderful wife, Pat.

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