In 26 years, Jim Calhoun changed a college basketball program, a university, a state, and college basketball. UConn is the best power produced by the Big East; UConn basketball sparked state legislators’ interest in the university, which led to billion dollar investments in UConn; the team’s success led to academic improvements to UConn as well. Calhoun’s teams created Huskymania; in the past 26 years, UConn went from a team that was unable to play in the regular session of its conference tournament to a power that won three national championships. Calhoun was the reason for this success. "Calhoun is the best program builder of all time and the best coach of his generation.
"Calhoun is the best program builder of all time and the best coach of his
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PETER F. BURNS, JR., was born and raised in Connecticut and educated at UConn. In 2002 the University of Connecticut Alumni Association named him as its outstanding young alumnus of the year. He is a professor of political science at Loyola University New Orleans.