Calhoun’s leave extended, will miss at least 3 more games

Sorry for the delay in posting this. Was on a conference call with NCAA Division I Basketball Committee chair Jeff Hathaway (ever heard of him?).

Anyway, UConn announced this afternoon that head coach Jim Calhoun’s medical leave will be extended for at least three more games.

The 69-year-old coach is dealing with spinal stenosis.

Calhoun has already missed games against Seton Hall (Feb. 4), Louisville (Feb. 6) and Syracuse (Feb. 11). He won’t be on the bench tonight against DePaul, Saturday against Marquette or Monday at Villanova.

Calhoun has been through a number of evaluations as doctors attempt to diagnose the specific cause of discomfort in order to determine the best course of treatment.

“I am happy that we seem to have located the problem and I am currently moving forward with treatment,” Calhoun said in a statement. “We have to give that treatment time to see whether or not it is effective.

“I’m hoping by the middle of next week, we will have a much clearer picture of where we are and when I can look forward to getting back to doing what I do.”

Associate head coach George Blaney will continue to lead the Huskies in Calhoun’s place.



About Neill

Neill Ostrout covers the UConn men's basketball team for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester. He has been a member of the "Horde" for more than 16 years.
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