Jim Calhoun, the legendary head coach of the Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team, has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and will take an indefinite leave of absence, as he is physically unable to coach the team at this point.
University of Connecticut men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun will take an indefinite medical leave of absence, effective immediately, to deal with worsening spinal stenosis, a lower back condition that causes him severe pain and hampers mobility.
Calhoun will not coach Saturday's game against Seton Hall nor Monday's game at Louisville and his condition will be evaluated on a daily basis as options for treatment are explored. Associate head coach George Blaney will be in charge of the team in Calhoun's absence. (via UConn Athletics on Facebook)
Calhoun, Braintree, Massachusetts native, has coached at Northeastern University in Boston from 1972 through 1986 and has coached at UConn ever since leaving Northeastern. Calhoun has guided the Huskies to three NCAA Tournament Championships -- first in 1999, again in 2004 and a third time in 2011.