BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Connecticut is back in the NCAA tournament after a one-year absence, and former coach Jim Calhoun will settle on being happy to be along for the ride.
The three-time national champion and long-time face of the Huskies won't be in his familiar place behind the bench Thursday, when seventh-seeded UConn (26-8) plays 10th-seeded Saint Joseph's (24-9) in a second-round East Region matchup at Buffalo.
The 71-year-old will instead be riding shotgun from the stands two years after health issues forced Calhoun to step down and relinquish the job to his hand-picked successor, Kevin Ollie.
Calhoun says he is feeling as fit as ever, and acknowledged how much he misses the competition. He then made sure to stress that this is now Ollie's team, and he's proud of him.
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