In three days, the 2012-13 basketball season will officially begin when UConn faces Michigan St. at Ramstein Air Base in Germany in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPN. Jim Calhoun won't be on the bench for the first time in more than a quarter-century but the Hall of Fame coach will be at the game. He's an assistant to athletic director Warde Manuel and new coach Kevin Ollie has welcomed Calhoun's presence at team practices.
But the 70-year-old Calhoun will be more than a spectator Friday, he'll make his radio debut as a color analyst with play-by-play man Joe D’Ambrosio on the UConn Radio Network. Calhoun's filling in for Wayne Norman, who remains stateside to call the Huskies-Pitt football game.
According to the Norwich Bulletin, the university has no plans to use Calhoun for future broadcasts.
In related season-opening news, the Huskies and the Spartans will sport camouflage uniforms to honor the troops in the Armed Forces Classic.
“It can put life into perspective,” Ollie said after Monday's practice via the Connecticut Post. “(They’ll) understand that they have these liberties and these freedoms because of our wonderful troops…They have a dream, coming out here and playing for the University of Connecticut, doing something you love, going to school for free. There are a lot of things that they get and they have to understand that they don’t get it for free. They get it by hard work and other people sacrificing their lives for us to live over here in a free country and have the liberty to do what we can do.”
The Post's Kevin Duffy tweeted a photo of the Huskies' uniforms on Monday:
Uconn jerseys for Friday's game in germany twitter.com/KevinRDuffy/st…
— Kevin Duffy (@KevinRDuffy) November 5, 2012