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No stranger to ESPN’s Bristol campus, UConn’s Jim Calhoun retires

SportsCenter will have coverage surrounding Jim Calhoun’s retirement as UConn men’s basketball coach throughout the day from Storrs, Conn. with college basketball insider Andy Katz on site. Throughout the day — and across various ESPN outlets — fans will hear from college basketball analysts Dick Vitale (via phone), Seth Greenberg (in Bristol), Jay Bilas (Charlotte) and Digger Phelps (South Bend) in addition to other experts and reporters.

SportsCenter will carry the 2 p.m. ET news conference live, as will ESPNU, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. ESPNU will have continuing coverage throughout the day. ESPN Radio also plans to have excerpts from the presser throughout the afternoon.

Outside the Lines (3 p.m.) will look at the career of Jim Calhoun and consider his legacy. features Calhoun elements including this piece from Dana O’Neill and a look at the presumed replacement for Calhoun, Kevin Ollie, from Dave Telep (Insider content).

ESPN Classic will begin a “Jim Calhoun Tribute” at 6 p.m. ET tonight, and it will run through 9 p.m. on Friday. Included will be key Big East Tournament and regular season games. The final three games in the tribute will be the Big East quarterfinal (3 p.m.), semifinal (5 p.m.) and final (7 p.m.) from UConn’s remarkable 2011 tourney run.

With today’s expected announcement that UConn coach Jim Calhoun is retiring after 40 years in coaching — as well as three national championships and 873 wins — Front Row took a look back in the archives to find some of the the Hall of Famer’s visits to the Bristol, Conn. campus. (The UConn campus is less than an hour from ESPN’s headquarters and Calhoun was a frequent visitor and his UConn teams were staples of ESPN’s college basketball slates.)

In the gallery above, we look at some of Calhoun’s interactions with ESPN and the video below shows Calhoun’s “This is SportsCenter” commercial filmed in August of 2009.

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