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Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun announces his retirement (VIDEO)

Jim Calhoun, Kevin Ollie

Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun, left, gestures as Kevin Ollie, right, looks on during a news conference announcing Calhoun’s retirement, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in Storrs, Conn. Ollie, an assistant coach under Calhoun, will succed him. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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Thursday was a big day in college basketball with Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun announcing his retirement after four decades as a head coach at the college level.

Calhoun, who leaves having won 875 games and three national titles, will be a special assistant to athletic director Warde Manuel this season in support of men’s basketball while also being active in fundraising for the UConn Medical Center.

Below is a video Calhoun’s retirement speech.

For a little insight into what playing for Calhoun was like, NBC Sports Talk’s Erik Kuselias spoke with former Husky Donny Marshall following the retirement/introduction of Ollie press conference.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.