We knew the toughest man in the room, the most competitive man in the gym, the greatest college basketball coach in New England history would battle until the end. We knew he'd go the full 15 rounds.
We just didn't know the last battle wouldn't be on the basketball court. It would be for his successor.
Jim Calhoun built a regional basketball program into a three-time NCAA champion, a powerhouse with as many national titles over two decades as Kentucky, Carolina or Duke. Even as late as 1998, who would have been crazy enough to predict such a thing?
So when the long-awaited word on Calhoun Wednesday night finally turned out to be the word "retirement," the...