Originally written on College Spun  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Today marked the end of one man’s incredible basketball career — George Blaney announced his retirement after 43 years of coaching. Blaney was the head coach at Holy Cross, Seton Hall, Dartmouth, and Stonehill, but spent the last 12 years as an assistant to Jim Calhoun at UConn, where he helped contribute to two national championship runs and six Big East titles. Players loved Blaney, and it’s no question that he had a serious impact on the Huskies program. This afternoon, many former UConn players expressed their gratitude for the things they learned from Coach Blaney, and congratulated him on his retirement. Here are a couple of tweets: Congratulation to Coach Blaney on his retirement. One of the best teachers to the game of basketball. #UConnHuskies — Jeff Adrien (@Adrien4) June 13, 2013 Congrats to Coach Blaney on his retirement. Taught me a lot during my college days. One of the best guys I’ve ever been around! #UCONN — Kemba walker (@KembaWalker) June 13, 2013 Blaney also was great to the media throughout his career — many sportswriters and media personalities share great respect for him: Btw, want 2 mention that whenever you wrote a piece on George Blaney, he’d say thanks w/ a hand-written note. Always a gentleman. #uconnmen — Dom Amore (@AmoreCourant) June 13, 2013 George Blaney retires: cour.at/19vLYfS One of the truly great basketball minds and an even better person. No one I respect more. — Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) June 13, 2013 George Blaney is one of the great ambassadors for the game of college basketball.Great coach,teacher, mentor and better person. #class — Seth Greenberg (@SethOnHoops) June 13, 2013 Congrats to George Blaney on retirement at UConn. If Holy Cross had joined Big East, he may have ended up in HOF. Great coach in his day! — Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) June 13, 2013
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