Former UConn coach Jim Calhoun has significant interest in the vacant Boston College opening, multiple sources told ESPN.

Calhoun, 71, stepped down before the start of the 2012-13 season after suffering a broken hip in a bike-riding accident. He's a native of Braintree, Mass.; attended American International College in Springfield, Mass.; and then coached Northeastern in Boston from 1972-86.

Calhoun, who is the special assistant to UConn athletic director Warde Manuel, told ESPN last week that he is in good health and reiterated that he would not rule out a return to coaching. When reached for comment on Friday morning, Calhoun declined to talk specifically about any interest in the BC job. However, he did not rule out his interest in returning to the sidelines.

"I would not be opposed to talking to anyone about basketball," Calhoun said.

Calhoun took over the UConn program in 1986 and won three national championships -- in 1999, 2004 and 2011 -- in 26 seasons at the helm. He was replaced by Kevin Ollie, who led the Huskies to the NCAA tournament in his second season since taking over for Calhoun.

Calhoun's career record is 873-380 and he's one of eight Division I coaches in NCAA history to have won more than 800 games.

Boston College parted ways with Steve Donahue earlier in the week after four seasons and a 54-76 mark. The Eagles were 8-24 this past season and 4-14 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.