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Jim Calhoun and UConn's future

Originally Published: June 20, 2012
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

STORRS, Conn. -- When he was a young coach at Northeastern, Jim Calhoun admired and looked up to North Carolina's legendary Dean Smith.

And that's exactly who he is modeling his exit strategy after.

Smith stepped down as UNC coach on Oct. 9, 1997, setting up the program for longtime assistant Bill Guthridge on the eve of practice starting. There was no time for a search. The program was passed on from one Carolina coach to another.

"Dean Smith waited until the fall because he ...

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