When discussions about college basketball's greatest coaches begin, Jim Calhoun's name is always mentioned. He's built Connecticut into a machine.
Four trips to the Final Four, three titles and nine trips to the Elite 8. Does it get much better than that? Other than Duke coach Mike Kryzyzewski, no active coach can boast a better resume, which brings us to the point of this post.
Where does Calhoun stack up against the all-time greats? John Wooden, Dean Smith, Bobby Knight and Adolph Rupp have always been viewed as the gold standard of coaching.
Calhoun can't be far behind now. He joins Wooden, Smith, Knight, Rupp and Kryzyzewski as the only coaches with three or more national titles.
Does that mean he is one of the top six coaches of all time? Without a doubt. Connecticut didn't become UConn until Calhoun got there.
Rick Pitino, John Calipari, etc..., all take a back seat to Calhoun.
This season might have been Calhoun's best coaching job. No one thought the Huskies would do so much with seven freshmen, two sophomores and just three seniors. But he did. It helped that he had Kemba Walker and an ultra-talented youngster in Jeremy Lamb.
But have we seen the last of Calhoun? He said he will take a month or so to decide his future. Time will tell.