ESPN plans to add Jim Calhoun to its college basketball coverage this upcoming season, multiple sources tell The Big Lead. Plans are still fluid, but the former UConn coach will provide regular analysis in the Bristol studio. Calhoun will be the third former head coach that ESPN is adding this year, joining Stan Heath (Arkansas) and Barack Obama’s brother-in-law Craig Robinson (Oregon State).
Attempts to reach Coach Calhoun were unsuccessful, and ESPN declined to comment.
After more than a decade at Northeastern, Calhoun became the Huskies’ head coach in 1986. Battling a litany of health issues, the head coach retired in September 2012. During his tenure, the program won three national titles, and sent over a dozen players to the NBA, including Clifford Robinson, Kevin Ollie, Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, Caron Butler, Emeka Okafor, Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Rudy Gay, and Kemba Walker.