UConn's Calhoun Returning Next Season; Thomas, Appleton Transferring from KU

UConn coach Jim Calhoun put to rest any thoughts of retiring.

Calhoun, 66, said he would return for at least one more season.

“It is my full intention to return for the 2009-10 season,” Calhoun said in a statement. “I look forward to coaching next season and to continuing as the head coach at Connecticut into the future. In many ways, the journey of this past season has made me realize how much I love coaching this game, how much I love my kids and how much I enjoy being at Connecticut.”

Calhoun led the Huskies to the Final Four, where they lost to Michigan State in a national semifinal. He said he was tired of dealing with the non-basketball aspects of the job — including the recent NCAA review of the UConn’s recruitment of guard Nate Miles — and would consider his future options during the offseason, but apparently decided fairly quickly to return.

“I am very excited that Coach Calhoun will continue as our head men’s basketball coach,” said UConn Director of Athletics Jeff Hathaway. “We look forward to continued success in our men’s basketball program for years to come under the leadership of our Hall of Fame coach.”

Calhoun is No. 6 all-time among active coaches with 805 victories, and was a 2005 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

THOMAS, APPLETON TO TRANSFER FROM KU

Quintrell Thomas and Tyrone Appleton are both transferring from Kansas.

Thomas, a 6-8 freshman forward from St. Patrick in Elizabeth, spent one year at Kansas in which he averaged 1.5 points and 2.0 rebounds. Appleton is a 6-2 junior guard.

“During our season-ending meetings,  Tyrone and Quintrell discussed their roles with me and have expressed their interest to transfer,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “They have chosen to attend a university where they can have expanded roles.”

It remains to be seen where Thomas will end up, but you have to wonder if he’ll come back to be near home.

“Kansas has been great with the fans, my teammates and the tradition,” Thomas said. “I think by transferring, I can find an expanded role elsewhere. I want to thank the basketball staff and administration for the opportunity to play at Kansas and have no ill feelings toward the program.”