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UConn announces September tribute event for Jim Calhoun

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Jim Calhoun won 618 games as head coach of the Huskies from 1986-2012. (USATSI)
Jim Calhoun won 618 games as head coach of the Huskies from 1986-2012. (USATSI)

Jim Calhoun will get a day all to himself, an event specifically dedicated to him.

Over the weekend, the University of Connecticut announced that, on Sept. 22, it will host "Heart Of A Champion: A Tribute To Jim Calhoun" at Gampel Pavilion, the school's on-campus arena where the Huskies play and Calhoun won the lion's share of his games.

"The event will pay tribute to Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun and his indelible mark on the UConn community and the entire state of Connecticut during his time as men's basketball coach from 1986-2012," according to the release.

Expect many special speakers there, like a number of big-name former UConn players who learned under Calhoun. The event takes place on a Sunday, and it's in the fall, so school will be in session. I'd guess the event will sell out or come really close to it.

The proceeds from the $125 ticket price goes toward The Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at the UConn Health Center -- and toward helping build the new practice facility that's slowly but surely getting erected adjacent to Gampel.

Calhoun, 71, retired in September of 2012. He won three national titles and 866 games in his career at Northeastern and UConn.

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