ST. LOUIS -- Big East coaching rivals Jim Calhoun and Jim
Boeheim, who both passed the 700-victory mark this season, have
been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Calhoun, who won the NCAA championship last season with Connecticut for
the second time, and Boeheim, who led Syracuse to its only
championship in 2003, were notified of their election Thursday.
The official announcement will be Monday at the Final Four.
Executive director Jim Haney of the National Association of
Basketball Coaches told of their election Friday when he introduced
the two at a coaches' function.
The induction ceremony will be Sept. 8-10 in Springfield, Mass.
The other 14 finalists for this year's class were Joe Dumars, Dominique Wilkins, Hubie Brown, Bernard King, Maurice
Cheeks, Adrian Dantley, Dennis Johnson, Chet Walker, women's
coaches Van Chancellor and Sue Gunter, Italian coach Sandro Gamba,
Brazilian player Hortencia Marcari, player John Issacs, and John Kerr.
Induction requires 18 of 24 votes from the Hall of Fame's Honors Committee.
Wilkins, the former Atlanta Hawks superstar, said he was "shocked" that he wasn't elected in his first year of eligibility.
"I think everybody will be when they hear that announcement," Wilkins, the ninth leading scorer in NBA history, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"I'm disappointed about it, but I'm confident that I will be going in in the very near future. My career speaks for itself."
Wilkins scored 26,668 total points, averaged 24.8 points per game, and was a nine-time All-Star.
Calhoun, 62, just completed his 19th season at UConn, where he has won two national titles (1999, 2004) and built the Huskies into a national power.
He coached at Northeastern for 14 years before coming to UConn and has a career record of 703-210. This season, he guided the Huskies to a record-setting ninth Big East regular-season championship.
Calhoun won national coach of the year honors in 1990 and is the
only coach to win Big East coach of the year four times.
He picked up his 700th win on March 2 with an 83-64 win over
Georgetown, becoming one of seven active Division I coaches with
700 or more victories.
"The phenomenal team successes we've had over the years, the championships we've won, and the wonderful young men I've been fortunate enough to coach, have been a source of great personal pride for me," Calhoun said when he found out in February that he was a finalist.
Four days before Calhoun won his 700th, Boeheim became the sixth active coach to reach 700 and the 18th overall when Syracuse defeated Providence 91-66.
Boeheim, who has 703 career victories, just finished his 29th season with the Orange. He was the fifth fastest to win 700, trailing only Adolph Rupp, Jerry Tarkanian, Dean Smith and Phog Allen.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.