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Major coaching milestone for Calhoun

2/26/2009

Congratulations to Jim Calhoun on career win number 800! It came in a tough environment, in a very important conference game.

My friends, Calhoun is the seventh Division I coach to accomplish that feat. Think about the company he has joined, starting with The General, Robert Montgomery Knight. Then consider the Michelangelo of coaching, Dean Smith. There's the Baron, Adolph Rupp of Kentucky. It is a group rounded out by Coach K, Jim Phelan, Eddie Sutton and now Calhoun.

He has been the Frank Lloyd Wright of coaching, building Connecticut into a national power. He is a figher, a scrapper, a hard-working coach who cares so much about his players. Calhoun pushes them to make them better.

His track record is very good.

You look at the NBA and there were 13 former Huskies on league rosters at the start of the season. That says a lot about the success under Calhoun.

His team has a great shot at being No. 1 next week despite the injury loss of Jerome Dyson. You have to love the resiliency of this club.

A.J. Price had the best performance of his career, dominating against the guard-oriented Golden Eagles. Calhoun desribed Price's performance as up there with the likes of Ray Allen and Ben Gordon. That is pretty high praise, but well deserved.

Bradley Center is not an easy place to compete in. Connecticut got out of there with a big win in pursuit of a Big East regular-season title. Remember, the Huskies beat Louisville head-to-head, therefore owning a tiebreaker if it comes to that.

Wednesday night was special for Jim Calhoun. His celebration will not last long ... he is focused on Notre Dame this weekend. Congrats Jim on a special milestone as part of a tremendous program. You are simply awesome with a capital A, baby!