Calhoun '55/45' on returning to UConn sideline

by | CBSSports.com Senior Writer
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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said Friday night he's "55/45" percent leaning toward returning for next season.

UConn coach Jim Calhoun and the national champion Huskies visit the White House on Monday. (Getty Images)  
UConn coach Jim Calhoun and the national champion Huskies visit the White House on Monday. (Getty Images)  
"Right now I can honestly tell you I'm 55/45" on returning, Calhoun told CBSSports.com. "I'm kind of on a honeymoon right now with this ride [after winning the national championship].

"Everyone thinks I can coach again."

Calhoun was among dozens of coaches attending the sixth annual Dick Vitale Gala at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota to raise funds for The V Foundation for Cancer Research. At the event he introduced North Carolina coach Roy Williams, who was honored along with Kentucky coach John Calipari and longtime tennis coach Nick Bollettieri.

"Everything I'm doing is preparing UConn basketball to be where it needs to be," Calhoun said. "After 25 years and as much equity that's been built up, I want that program to continue -- whether I happen to be the head coach or am not the head coach. I just need a little time [to make a decision]."

In April, Calhoun, 68, won his third national title with the Huskies. He's already in the Hall of Fame, having coached 39 seasons and winning seven Big East titles.

If he does return, he must serve a three-game suspension in the Huskies' opening string of Big East games for the program's violation of NCAA rules.

Calhoun said he hasn't tired of people asking him if he'll return next season.

" 'What are you going to do next week?' is OK," Calhoun said. " 'What are you going to do for the rest of your life? -- to be honest, that's a little more in-depth.

"Eventually what I'm going to do, very honestly, is tell people 'If I'm there on Oct. 1, I'll be there [as coach]. If I'm not, I won't.' "

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