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Calhoun Back in the Game

UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun's medical leave has ended



    UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun will be back on the bench for the first time since taking a medical leave on January 19.

    UConn coach  Jim Calhoun will be back on the court after his near-month long medical leave of  absence.

    The head men’s basketball coach coach was sidelined on Jan. 19 after his primary care physician recommended that the Basketball Hall of Famer should take a medical leave.   

    His illness was never disclosed.

    "Dr. Schulman, my primary care physician, and I both felt that the time away was important for my personal and professional well-being and that I am ready to move ahead from this point at full speed," Calhoun said in a statement.

    He said he's  excited about returning to the team and the coaching staff.

    “I appreciate the hard work by the staff and team in my absence and am looking forward to being back on the court for practice this afternoon and moving forward," he said. "I am especially thankful to people for their support during the past three weeks, but also for the respect and privacy that everyone has provided me during this time,"

    Assistant Coach George Blaney coached the team in Calhoun's absence.  During that time, the team struggled, and posted a 3-4 record.