UConn men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun retiring

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FILE - In this April 4, 2011, file photo, Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun sits on the sideline during the second half of the men's NCAA Final Four college basketball championship game against Butler in Houston. Calhoun is expected to announce his retirement on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, according to a person familiar with the situation. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Jim Calhoun is officially retiring as men's basketball coach at Connecticut after a 40-year college career and three national championships.

The 70-year-old Hall of Famer and the school released a statement shortly before a news conference at center court in Storrs, where Calhoun led the Huskies for the past 26 seasons, racking up 625 of his 873 wins.

Calhoun will take a transition appointment through next spring as a special assistant to athletic director Warde Manuel. When he is fully retired, Calhoun will become head coach emeritus.

Calhoun has been slowed by health problems in recent years including a fractured hip last month.

Assistant coach Kevin Ollie, who played point guard for Calhoun from 1991-95, will be the Huskies' new coach. His contract runs through next April 4 and he will be paid $625,000.

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