Hartford, CT (Sports Network) - Jim Calhoun's days as head men's basketball
coach may soon come to an end.
NBC Connecticut cited a source in a Thursday report, saying the exit of the
long-time leader of the Huskies program is "imminent."
That comes on the heels of Calhoun telling the station that nothing official
has been finalized. An additional source stated that no decision will be made
until Calhoun has met with his players,
Calhoun, 70, was forced to take a leave of absence in the middle of last
season due to a bout with spinal stenosis, a lower back condition that causes
severe pain and hampers mobility. UConn went 20-14 overall and was eliminated
in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by Iowa State. Those health troubles
were compounded by a fractured hip suffered while bike riding in July.
It was the latest in a series of setbacks for the man who led UConn to three
national championships. Calhoun also missed seven games during the 2009-10
season for an unspecified problem and is a three-time cancer survivor. He
recovered from prostate cancer in 2003 and skin cancer in 2008.
The Huskies won a trio of national titles under his watch, in 1999, 2004 and
2011, but are under sanctions for postseason play this coming season due to
below-standard academic progress scores.
A native of eastern Massachusetts, Calhoun was named to the post prior to the
1986-87 season. He has racked up a 618-233 regular-season record with a
268-149 mark in the Big East.
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