Jim Calhoun isn't ready to tiptoe into the night just yet.
Responding to rumors of his imminent retirement, the UConn coach told reporters Tuesday that he's still "capable of coaching," and the thought of retirement "never entered my mind."
The buzz began building Monday after SNY's Chris Carlin tweeted and asserted on the air during "Loudmouths" that "sources close to Jim Calhoun believe he'll retire at year's end."
The 67-year-old coach, however, said the rumors were "not based upon substantive fact."
Calhoun's son Jeff also was on the defensive about the rumors. "I can tell you unequivocally on my children he has not made a decision to retire and I fully expect him to be back," he reportedly told SNY.tv writer Adam Zagoria Monday night via telephone.
Despite a recent medical leave and a frustrating season that ended dismally Tuesday with a 73-51 loss to St. John's in the first round of the Big East Tournament, Calhoun maintained his commitment to the Huskies' program.
"Like everything else, I'm in the business of trying to recruit players to UConn," said the coach, who is in the final stages of negotiating a contract extension. "I love the school. And I still love coaching . . . When I saw or heard a couple of the facts about me talking to certain people, who I have not had a word with, it was unfortunate."