It is never easy replacing a legend, someone whose name is synonomous with the program.
As they say, though, someone has to do it.
In this case, former UConn player Kevin Ollie is replacing Jim Calhoun as UConn men's basketball coach.
Calhoun is in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, won three national titles (1999, 2004, 2010), took the Huskies from nowhere to everywhere. Called by some the greatest building job in college basketball history, what Calhoun did was leave his mark on the nation, the state and his players, one of whom was Ollie.
Ollie figures to be a lot like Calhoun. Ollie had to fight for everyhing he got in the NBA and what he got was a long career. Calhoun is a fighter who respects hard work. Ollie always has worked hard.
He'll have to do that more than ever now.
A look at some famous college coaches and their replacements:
Phog Allen, Kansas
Record: 590-219 in 39 seasons (746-264 overall)
Left: Retired in 1956 after one NCAA championship and 24 conference titles.
Replaced by: Dick Harp
Result: Harp was 121-82 and won two conference titles in eight seasons but resigned in 1964.
Lou Carnesecca, St. John's
Record: 526-200 in 24 seasons
Left: Retired in 1992 after leading St. John's to the Final Four in 1985 and 18 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Replaced by: Brian Mahoney
Result: Mahoney, who served as Carnesecca's assistant for 16 seasons, was fired after four seasons and a 56-58 record. Had three straight non-winning seasons at the school after leading the team to the NCAA Tournament his first season as coach.
John Chaney, Temple
Record: 516-253 in 24 seasons (741-312 overall)
Left: Retired in 2006 after five Elite Eight appearances and 17 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Replaced by: Fran Dunphy
Result: Dunphy is 134-65 in six seasons at Temple and has made the NCAA Tournament the past five seasons.
Denny Crum, Louisville
Record: 675-295 in 30 seasons
Left: Retired in 2001 after two NCAA championships and six Final Four appearances.
Replaced by: Rick Pitino
Result: Pitino has posted a 275-106 record in 11 seasons and has guided Louisville to two Final Fours, four Elite Eight appearances and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.
Jud Heathcote, Michigan State
Record: 336-224 in 19 seasons (416-277 overall)
Left: Retired in 1995 after nine NCAA Tournament appearances and one national championship.
Replaced by: Tom Izzo
Result: Izzo has a 412-169 record in 17 seasons as coach of the Spartans and has led Michigan State to six Final Fours and one national championship.
Bobby Knight, Indiana
Record: 662-239 in 29 seasons (902-371 overall)
Left: Was dismissed as head coach in 2000 amid complaints he was too abusive toward players. Knight won three national championships and advanced to five Final Fours at Indiana.
Replaced by: Mike Davis
Result: Davis coached the Hoosiers for six seasons and led them to one national championship game appearance before resigning in 2006.
Al McGuire, Marquette
Record: 295-80 in 13 seasons
Left: Retired in 1977 after winning national championship and leading Marquette to nine NCAA Tournament appearances.
Replaced by: Hank Raymonds
Result: Raymonds coached the Warriors for six seasons, compiling a 126-50 record with five NCAA Tournament appearances.
Joe Mullaney, Providence
Record: 242-77 in first 12 seasons (319-196 overall/came back to coach Friars for four more years)
Left: Took over as the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in 1969 after guiding the Friars to 12 winning seasons, three NCAA Tournaments and two NIT titles.
Replaced by: Dave Gavitt
Result: Gavitt left Dartmouth for Providence and coached the Friars for 10 seasons, where he went 209-84 and took the Friars to their first Final Four. He went on to become the Big East's first commissioner.
Lute Olson, Arizona
Record: 587-190 in 24 seasons (780-280 overall)
Left: Retired in 2008 after 23 NCAA Tournament appearances, four Final Fours and one National championship.
Replaced by: Russ Pennell
Result: Pennell guided the Wildcats to a 21-14 record and a Sweet 16 berth in his lone season as interim coach. Arizona hired Xavier coach Sean Miller after the season, and Pennell became head coach at Division II Grand Canyon.
Adolph Rupp, Kentucky
Record: 876-190 in 41 seasons
Left: Forced into retirement in 1972 at 72 (that was the mandatory retirement age for all University of Kentucky employees) after winning four national championships.
Replaced by: Joe B. Hall
Result: Hall coached the Wildcats for 13 seasons, reaching 10 NCAA Tournaments, three Final Fours and winning an NCAA title in 1978.
Dean Smith, North Carolina
Record: 879-254 in 36 seasons
Left: Retired after 1997 season with two national championships and 11 Final Four appearances.
Replaced by: Bill Guthridge.
Result: The longtime assistant under Smith went 80-28 in three seasons with two Final Four appearances before retiring after the 2000 season.
John Thompson, Georgetown
Record: 596-239 in 27 seasons
Left: Thompson resigned citing personal matters during the 1999 season. He left with one national championship and three Final Fours.
Replaced by: Craig Esherick.
Result: Esherick was fired after going 103-74 in six seasons with one just NCAA tournament appearance.
Gary Williams, Maryland
Record: 461-252 in 22 seasons (668-380 overall)
Left: Retired after the 2011 season with 14 NCAA Tournament appearances and a national championship in 2002.
Replaced by: Mark Turgeon
Result: Turgeon was 17-15 in his first season and led the Terps to an eighth place in the ACC.
John Wooden, UCLA
Record: 620-147 in 27 seasons (664-162 overall)
Left: Retired in 1975 with 10 NCAA championships, four undefeated seasons of 30-0, a record winning streak of 88 games over four seasons and 19 conference championships.
Replaced by: Gene Bartow.
Result: Bartow was 52-9 in two seasons with UCLA and led the Bruins to the Final Four in 1976. He left to become the first athletic director and men's basketball coach at the University of Alabama Birmingham.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun