The quote above is how hall of fame coach Jim Calhoun characterized his love of basketball in the most recent episode of In the Spotlight, hosted by Fran Healy.
The wide-ranging interview, which premieres on Fox Sports Net affiliates today and NESN on Wednesday, February 17, offers a first-person window into Calhoun's journey from local stonecutter to Connecticut state hero.
College basketball fans are well aware of the success Calhoun had on the sideline, most notably at UCONN, where he compiled a 629-245 record en route to three NCAA Division I National Championships. In the Spotlight takes a deeper look at the path that led him to that point.
In his patented, conversational style, host Fran Healy, a native of Holyoke, Massachusetts led many entertaining exchanges with the Braintree-born Calhoun. The two men, who are both graduates of Springfield's American International College, touched on the ascent of UCONN from a regional school to a national power and he method behind Calhoun's recruiting prowess, among other topics.
Also discussed is Jim's recent decision to return to college hoops, this time at the Division III University of St. Joseph. The formerly all-female school is transitioning to co-ed and Calhoun is serving as a consultant for their burgeoning men's basketball program.
When asked by Healy what drew him back, Calhoun explained "the reason I came back to St. Joe's is simply, I missed the gym, I missed the kids. I missed the everyday involvement with the kids. I mean, Fran, I really missed it."