Jim Calhoun has “significant interest” in the vacant Boston College coaching job, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. He did confirm to us earlier this week that he’d “never say never” on a return to the bench, but this nevertheless comes as almost a complete surprise. Calhoun has battled numerous health issues in his career, ranging from squamous cell carcinoma to spinal stenosis to the broken hip suffered in a bike accident that ultimately forced him from the sidelines.
Calhoun’s supposed interest notwithstanding, the sentiment doesn’t appear to be mutual:
As @GoodmanESPN reports, Jim Calhoun is interested in the Boston College job. The interest isn’t mutual, sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 21, 2014
Woj and Calhoun have a contentious past dating back most prominently to his and Dan Wetzel’s 2009 report on UConn rules violations, which eventually resulted in loss of scholarships.
On BC’s end, anybody who is hiring Calhoun couldn’t reasonably hope to keep him for more than four or five years, but his track record suggests he might be able to build up substantial accomplishments even in that timeframe. It’ll be interesting to see if Calhoun’s name keeps popping up.