Jeff Calhoun says his father hasn't made any decision about retirement and that he expects his father to coach for several more years.
"I can tell you unequivocally on my children he has not made a decision to retire and I fully expect him to be back," Jeff Calhoun said late Monday night by phone.
SNY's "Loudmouths" reported Monday that "Sources close to Jim Calhoun believe he will retire a season's end."
Jeff said he spoke with his father earlier Monday and that he was surprised by those reports. Calhoun missed seven games this season for an unexplained medical condition.
One UConn recruit, Roscoe Smith of Oak Hill Academy, said Calhoun told him he was out because of "high blood pressure."
No. 12 UConn opens Big East tournament play against No. 13 St. John's on Tuesday at 2. The Huskies probably need to make a deep run in the Big East to get back to the NCAA tournament after reaching the Final Four last season.
"I know he's focused on trying to make a nice run in the Big East tournament," Jeff said. "He's been recruiting pretty hard for the last few weeks."
As for the retirement talk, Jeff added: "It's 100 percent that he has not made that decision and I would tell you right now all signs point to him returning to UConn."
In other UConn news, Jim Calhoun told reporters that he hadn't made a decision about who he would start against St. John's.
He benched Jerome Dyson, Stanley Robinson and Gavin Edwards for the final 16 minutes in the team's loss Saturday to South Florida.
"Coach isn't really one to give up on anybody," Edwards told reporters after practice Monday, according to the AP. "He's going to keep doing the best that he can until the end. I don't really think that anybody's really given up on the season either. Everybody wants to play in the postseason and hopefully make the tournament. But if not, just keep playing somehow."