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Jim Calhoun accepted Mannie Jackson Award shortly before retirement

Jim Calhoun

FILE - In this March 15, 2012, file photo, Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun watches from the sidline in the first half of their second-round NCAA tournament college basketball game against Iowa State in Louisville, Ky. Calhoun is expected to announce his retirement on Thursday, Sept. 13, according to a person familiar with the situation. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)


On Sept. 7, Jim Calhoun accepted the Mannie Jackson Award for Human Spirit. In honor of the retirement of the longtime coach, take a look at his acceptance speech below.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_