Jim Calhoun Agrees To Four-Year Extension With UConn

UConn coach Jim Calhoun returns to the bench Saturday after taking more than three weeks off for medical reasons. The Huskies have struggled recently, going 3-4 in seven games without their coach.

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Jim Calhoun Agrees To Four-Year Extension With UConn

Jim Calhoun offered an emphatic an answer to the question of whether or not he would be coaching next season by agreeing to a four-year extension with Connecticut Thursday night.

Calhoun, who will be 68 years old by the start of next season, will be entering his 25th year with UConn in 2010.

"Let me officially put to rest the speculation about my future at UConn," Calhoun said in a prepared statement through his agent Jeff Schwartz to ESPN.com Thursday night. "We are close to finalizing a new contract and I plan on continuing as the head coach of the men's basketball team for several more years."

His future with the team has been uncertain because of health concerns, most recently an undisclosed medical condition that forced him to miss seven games earlier this season.

Follow this story and all things UConn at The UConn Blog.

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Calhoun To Return To Uconn Bench Saturday Against Cincinnati

ESPN’s Andy Katz is reporting that Jim Calhoun will return to the Uconn bench to coach the Huskins on Saturday against Cincinnati, more than three weeks after he took a medical leave of absence on January 19.

Jim Calhoun back at UConn and will be at practice today as well as coach Saturday against Cincinnati.

SB Nation’s The Uconn Blog confirms the report and presents the university press release on the matter.

Calhoun’s absence was initially supposed to be for only ten days, but Saturday will be three weeks and three days after the initial announcement.

The Huskies went 3-4 in Calhoun’s absence and their NCAA Tournament hopes are now on life support.

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Calhoun Not Suffering From Cardiac Problem Or Cancer

While the school has not officially released the ailment that has forced men's basketball head coach Jim Calhoun to take an indefinite leave of absence, a university spokesman said Tuesday night that Calhoun "is not dealing with a cardiac problem or cancer." Additionally, the coach will not be hospitalized. Athletic director Jeff Hathaway had this to say: 

"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."

Blaney will coach the team beginning with Wednesday's game at home against St. John's. 

Calhoun has a long history of illness, including three bouts with cancer. 

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