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UConn, Syracuse coaches inducted

Boeheim, Calhoun enter Basketball Hall of Fame

April 5, 2005

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— Last month, Jim Boeheim and Jim Calhoun became the first college basketball coaches with 700 wins to face each other.

On Monday, they shared the stage again, proudly holding jerseys signifying their election to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

"This is, beyond my wife and children, the most special day in my life," Calhoun said. "When I was told the news, it was surreal."

Coach and broadcaster Hubie Brown, Brazilian women's standout Hortencia Marcari and LSU coach Sue Gunter also were voted into the Hall. The new members will be enshrined Sept. 8-10 in Springfield, Mass.

Boeheim won his first NCAA title in 2003, and Calhoun won his second the next year. The coaches are tied for sixth on the career active victory list, Boeheim entering his 30th season next year at 703-241 and Calhoun heading into his 34th at 703-310.

Both also remain at the top of their game. Boeheim has twin 5-year-old daughters and he said he wanted to coach until they were "a lot older."

"Ideally, you'd like to be done coaching when you get to the Hall of Fame," Boeheim said. "It would be nice to say 'This is it.' The reality is, we open with Cornell next year."

Brown was elected under the category of contributor for his impact on the game as a coach, clinician, broadcaster and ambassador.

Gunter ranks third among women's basketball coaches with 708 victories. Her LSU squad went to the Final Four in her last season before she stepped down as coach in 2004 while battling emphysema, an illness that prevented her from attending the ceremony. She was to coach the U.S. women's team at the 1980 Olympics, but the United States boycotted the games.

Hortencia -- known by her first name like many Brazilian athletes -- averaged 27.6 points while leading Brazil to the 1994 women's world championship. She also helped her country win the silver medal in the 1996 Olympics.

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