TheRoundUp 9/14: Farewell to a legend, hello to a new coach, and oh yeah, Edsall's here too

STORRS, CT- SEPTEMBER 13: University Of Connecticut basket coach Jim Calhoun announces his retirement at a news conference on September 13, 2012 in Storrs, Connecticut. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Jeff Jacobs column: Calhoun A Legend With Guts - Courant.com
Ollie is his own man. He must be. Yet this also must be a reason why this will be more than a one-season contractual experiment — price tag $384,615 —and a reason why this guy from a continent away from Calhoun's Boston roots is his rightful long-term successor. He doesn't sound the same. He doesn't look the same. We must know if he burns the same inside.

Farewell to Jim Calhoun, UConn's Great, Mantra-Less Basketball Coach - Ray Gustini - The Atlantic
He never mastered the art of the evasive response. He was more inclined to offer an 800-word affront to the concept of a non-answer, on-the-record and peppered with elliptical and majestic profanity. Whether this is preferrable to "I'm not going to get into that here" is a matter of personal preference.

UConn's Blaney plans to stay as assistant to Ollie after Calhoun retirement - NCAA Division I Mens Basketball - CBSSports.com News, Scores, Stats, Schedule and RPI Rankings
George Blaney, who has served as Jim Calhoun's top assistant at Connecticut for the past 11 seasons, says he plans to stay on as the team's associate head coach.

Warde Manuel, UConn face tough decision with Kevin Ollie hire - Andy Glockner - SI.com
Ollie won't have to worry about an NCAA tournament this season, so he'll be able to focus on honing his craft as a head coach without the consummate pressure of team resume building. He also has a wealth of experience on the bench to tap into; all three of George Blaney, Glen Miller and Karl Hobbs have run successful Division I programs themselves.

UConn basketball: New UConn Basketball Coach Kevin Ollie Is Used To Rocky Road - Courant.com
"How does he handle the media after a win?" Manuel said. "How does he handle it after a loss? How does he represent the brand? How does the team respond from a tough loss? Do they bounce back from a blowout win? These are the qualitative things."

Calhoun-Ollie Notebook: Pat Calhoun Is The Coach's Rock - Courant.com
Pat Calhoun said her husband has been leaning toward retirement the past few weeks, but she was still unsure. When she left his office at Gampel Pavilion on Thursday afternoon before the press conference, she had one message for him. "I said to him, 'Do not change your mind,'" she said.

What they're saying about Jim Calhoun retiring from Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
A sampling of reaction to UConn coach Jim Calhoun's retirement from former players and fellow college basketball coaches.

'Nothing personal' between Edsall, UConn - ACC Blog - ESPN
If Maryland coach Randy Edsall has any emotions whatsoever about playing his former team and players on Saturday, he’s done as good a job of concealing them this week as he did hiding his intentions to leave Connecticut in the first place.

Coach Randy Edsall still the best thing that happened to UConn football - Hartford Courant
Instead of throwing bricks at the departed coach, send him a thank you note. Edsall spoiled you rotten. You started believing you could beat established teams such as Michigan and Oklahoma. You started thinking you could crack the top-10 rankings. At the Rentschler Field tailgates, Husky Nation partied like it belonged with the Big Dawgs.

UConn football: Huskies sophomore still seeking first TD pass after throwing five interceptions. - Courant.com
The Huskies (1-1) are going against former UConn coach Randy Edsall's Terrapins (2-0). But the opponent doesn't matter as much as fixing a real problem. With five interceptions, UConn and East Carolina are the only schools in Division I-A to have thrown that many in two games. Eighty-two of the 120 FBS schools have one or none.

UConn Football Notes: Defensive tackle Shamar Stephen Back for Saturday's game - Courant.com
The Huskies already lead the nation against the run, holding opponents to 28.5 yards, but getting Stephen back adds security, depth and allows for even more flexibility up front.

Notre Dame's McGraw expects UConn rivalry to continue - Chicago Tribune
Even as her program begins a new life in the ACC at some point, McGraw confirmed Wednesday that she will approach Huskies coach Geno Auriemma about continuing that series in non-conference play.

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