Former UConn coach Jim Calhoun hired by University of Saint Joseph |

WEST HARTFORD — Jim Calhoun says his favorite basketball memories aren’t necessarily the national championship wins over Duke and Georgia Tech or the rivalry wins over Syracuse and Georgetown.

He remembers wins as a high school coach in Dedham, Massachusetts 45 years ago just as fondly.

With that in mind, the Hall of Fame head coach is almost going back to his roots at the University of Saint Joseph. The small, Division 3 program in West Hartford formally introduced Calhoun on Thursday as …

Well, not as head coach. At least not yet. For now, Calhoun will simply be known as a consultant to the fledgling men’s basketball program, which won’t start up until 2018-19.

“I’m thrilled to be here,” Calhoun said at a press conference. “I’ll always be a Husky, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have another love, too.”

While all signs point to Calhoun becoming the program’s first head coach, nothing is official yet. It can’t be. Calhoun is still employed by UConn, under terms of a contract he signed when he retired after 26 years as the Huskies’ head coach in September, 2012. That contract expires at the end of March, 2018. Until then, it would be a conflict of interest for Calhoun to be coaching another college program while still employed as an ambassador for UConn.

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