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Report: Calhoun interested in BC job

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Former Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun is interested in the vacant Boston College coaching job, ESPN reported Friday.

Calhoun, 71, stepped down from coaching the Huskies before the 2012-13 season after sustaining a broken hip in a bike-riding accident.

Calhoun has ties to the Boston area. He is from Braintree, Mass., attended American International College in Springfield, Mass., and coached Northeastern from 1972-86.

After resigning as UConn’s coach, Calhoun stayed on as a special assistant to athletic director Warde Manuel.

Calhoun told ESPN last week that he is in good health and would not rule out returning to coaching. He declined to comment specifically Friday about any interest in the Boston College job.

After taking over as UConn’s coach in 1986, Calhoun won NCAA championships with the Huskies in 1999, 2004 and 2011.

Kevin Ollie replaced Calhoun and guided the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament in his second season.

Calhoun, who has an 873-380 record, is one of eight NCAA Division I coaches with more than 800 wins.

Boston College fired coach Steve Donahue earlier in the week after going 54-76 in four seasons. The Eagles were 8-24 this season, including 4-14 in ACC.

Calhoun was instrumental in ending the Boston College-UConn rivalry when the Eagles left the Big East for the ACC.

“We won’t play BC after they leave here. I have no desire to play Boston College,” Calhoun told the Hartford Courant at the time. “Not for the fact that they are leaving, but how they did it. I will not play Boston College as long as I’m here.”