NCAA Basketball

Calhoun considers return to coaching

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(TSX / STATS) -- Longtime University of Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun is considering a comeback at a Division III program, multiple media outlets reported.

The 75-year-old Calhoun, who stepped down from UConn in 2012 after 26 years and three national titles, told USA Today he is acting as an unpaid adviser to the University of St. Joseph, which is located in West Hartford, Conn., and plans to start a men's basketball program.

Calhoun did not rule out the possibility that he would coach the team, and the Hartford Courant reported that St. Joseph officials had serious discussions with Calhoun about its proposed program.

"I'm not at the point of accepting or rejecting," he told USA Today. "If I thought I could help the kids there, I'd consider it."

St. Joseph has accepted only female students until now, but it announced in June that it would begin admitting males as well in 2018. The proposed men's basketball program would operate at the Division III level.

St. Joseph president Rhona Free released a statement, which read, "While we certainly can't think of a better person to inaugurate the University of St. Joseph's first-ever men's basketball team, right now we have nothing to announce."

Updated August 14, 2017

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