ICYMI: The week on Front Row

Jim Calhoun retired as the University of Connecticut’s basketball coach Thursday, closing a 26-year career at the school (40 overall) with three national titles. UConn announced Thursday that assistant coach Kevin Ollie, who played point guard for Calhoun from 1991-95, will replace the Hall of Famer.

In the video above, Calhoun sits down with Andy Katz to talk about his career at UConn, what he’ll miss most and his decision to retire.

ICYMI: Highlights from the past week on Front Row

John Clayton’sThis is SportsCenter” commercial continues to amuse, delight and astound. And this week, Front Row had the outtakes.

• Rich Froning and Annie Thorisdottir — the 2012 CrossFit Games King and Queen — stopped by ESPN’s Bristol campus. They spoke with Front Row about ESPN’s coverage of CrossFit, the pressure to perform and their impressions of the ESPN campus.

• In a historic week for SportsCenter, we met the ‘DaDaDa, DaDaDa’ guy. SportsCenter theme composer John Colby shares the story of the song’s birth, its evolution and what the song means to him today.

• Country music legend Charlie Daniels and The Charlie Daniels Band will have a starring role in ESPN’s Monday Night Football “open” next week (Sept. 17, 8:30 p.m. ET). The open will feature some new lyrics for Daniels’ 1979 hit song ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’.

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Our favorites from across ESPN over the past week

• To honor his dear friend on the occasion of the 50,000th episode of SportsCenter, Chris Berman offered this special tribute to the late Tom Mees.

• Of all the accolades Peyton Manning has received in his career, this one may be the greatest.

• Notre Dame faces Michigan State on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET live from Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. on ABC. ESPN’s Mike Golic and Magic Johnson decided to place a friendly wager on the game, listen to the terms of their agreement here.

• Enjoy an array of photos in this gallery from ESPN Images.

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