Respect for a coaching original 

September, 13, 2012

Mark me down as one of those who has always liked Jim Calhoun. Because of his brisk demeanor, some people are in the opposite camp, finding Calhoun distasteful and hard to like. Not I.

[+] EnlargeJim Calhoun
Cal Sport Media/AP ImagesCalhoun was demanding of his players but got a lot out of them.
Calhoun, who has opted to retire, leaves the game as an original, and he has been the same since his first day at UConn in 1986. A New England bare-knuckle brawler who asked no quarter and gave none, Calhoun fought for respect in a league of traditional powers. Then, he built his program into such a power and kept the Connecticut Huskies among the nation's elite with his uncompromising standards and less-than-polite directness with his players, staff and anyone within earshot.