Calhoun stepping down from UConn basketball; Brey will miss him

Notre Dame men's basketball coach Mike Brey may become the longest tenured coach in the Big East, right before he leaves the conference for the ACC.

With Jim Boeheim and Syracuse already departing for the Big East, Brey would move up to #2 behind UConn's Jim Calhoun. Now Calhoun is leaving too--into retirement.

But Brey will likely not see the top spot either because the Irish are leaving for the ACC.

A person familiar with the situation says that Calhoun plans to announce his decision on Thursday.

"I'm not surprised after the injury," Brey said Wednesday referring to Calhoun fracturing his hip last month. "That's another blow to the Big East to see him retire. I think he's at peace with it. Health wise maybe that's the best thing."

The Hall of Fame coach led the UConn program from obscurity to three national championships. The 70-year-old Calhoun won 873 games in 40 years as a head coach, first at Northeastern and the last 26 years at UConn, and put four teams in the Final Four, winning national titles in 1999, 2004 and 2011.

"What he did at Connecticut--to win the national championships he did in that short window and build what he built, I don't know if that can be done again," Brey said. "Man did we have some good games against him. I'll miss him."

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