Calhoun's return still up in the air

BY foxsports • January 20, 2010

UConn acting head coach George Blaney declined to give any specifics regarding the medical condition that has forced Jim Calhoun to take a leave of absence from the team.

"The doctor told him to take some time off," said Blaney, who will coach the team Wednesday night against St. John's and until Calhoun returns. "He said that he told me I needed to do this and I'm listening for once."

Blaney and UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway both said that there is no timetable for Calhoun's return to the team. Hathaway also said that he "has no reason to believe it's career-ending."

"The only timetable is when Dr. Schulman talks with Jim and tells him it's OK to go back,” Hathaway said. "We're not putting an artificial deadline on anything.”

Blaney reiterated that it's not cardiac or cancer-related.

Calhoun, 67, has had a history of health issues. He missed five games in 2003 after surgery for prostate cancer. He has battled two bouts of skin cancer and missed time in January 2008 from what the school termed a combination of stress and exhaustion. He also broke multiple ribs in a bike accident this past offseason.

Calhoun also sat out last year's first-round NCAA tournament game against Chattanooga due to illness.

Blaney said he spoke to yesterday on Calhoun's drive home from seeing doctor Peter Schulman.

"He was his usual cantankerous self," Blaney half-joked.

Blaney said that there were no indications in the past week or so that Calhoun wasn't feeling 100 percent.

Calhoun is in his 24th season at UConn and is 816-348 in his career with two national titles and three Final Four appearances.

The Huskies advanced to the Final Four last season but have struggled this year and are 11-6 overall and 2-3 in Big East play.

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