UConn's Calhoun Taking Leave of Absence

By Jason Dusett
|  Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010  |  Updated 10:15 AM CDT
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Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun looks on during the first half of a game against Georgetown on Saturday, Jan. 9.

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When UConn’s men try to snap a three-game losing streak tonight against St. John's, head coach Jim Calhoun won’t be courtside. 

As of Tuesday afternoon, he is taking an indefinite medical leave, the university announced.
 
UConn officials have not said which illness led Calhoun, 67, to take the leave. He is a three-time cancer survivor, but his illness is not cancer-related.
 
Sources tell NBC Connecticut sports director Kevin Nathan that the illness is not life threatening and that people close to the hall of famer are "calm and relaxed."
 
“It is my recommendation that Coach Calhoun take a medical leave from his coaching position to address some temporary medical issues, none of which involve any previous medical conditions that he has dealt with,” said Dr. Peter Schulman, Jim Calhoun’s primary care physician.
 
“Our primary concern is Coach Calhoun’s health and his complete recovery. We will do everything possible to support Coach during this time. Jim and I both know that the men’s basketball program is in very capable hands under the leadership of Associate Head Coach George Blaney,” said UConn Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway in a statement. 
 
Stay with NBC Connecticut on-air and online for new developments and reaction to this breaking news.
 

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