HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Calhoun of the Connecticut Huskies looks on from the sidelines against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Jim Calhoun Returns Saturday From Back Surgery

Jim Calhoun, on medical leave since Feb. 3 after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, is set to return to the sidelines on March 3 for UConn's Senior Day against Pittsburgh. Calhoun underwent back surgery on Feb. 27.

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Jim Calhoun Will Return Saturday From Back Surgery

Connecticut will play its final regular season game on Saturday against rival Pittsburgh on Senior Day, but they'll be getting a bit more of a boost with the return of head coach Jim Calhoun. Calhoun is recovering from back surgery and has missed the Huskies last eight games while dealing with spinal stenosis.

"I'm getting back to normal," Calhoun told the Associated Press. "I'm not quite as cranky as I should be, but hopefully I will get there." Calhoun returned to practice on Friday and will be joining the 2011-12 seniors on the court Saturday night."

Calhoun still has a desire to coach despite dealing with the back issues. He turns 70 in May. The Huskies coach is in his 40th year coaching and has racked up 870 wins in his career, placing him sixth all-time.

For more on Calhoun and the Huskies, head over to SB Nation's The UConn Blog.

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Jim Calhoun Expected To Return March 3, According To Report

Connecticut Huskies men's basketball head coach Jim Calhoun has experienced a multitude of medical and health issues over the years, but has overcome every one of them and come back to coach the team time and again. It appears he is nearly ready to return following his latest setback.

Andy Katz at ESPN reports that Calhoun will undergo back surgery on Monday to remedy his spinal stenosis. He was diagnosed with the malady and took a leave of absence Feb. 3, but is already planning for a March 3 comeback for UConn's regular-season finale, assuming all goes well with the surgery. There are concerns about him returning to the sidelines so soon after surgery, but Calhoun seems determined to keep the timeline he has set for himself.

Calhoun, who turns 70 in May, said two weeks ago that he does not want to retire. And multiple sources told ESPN.com that Calhoun wouldn't want to end his career in this manner, and would like to see the new basketball facility built before quitting.

Here's to hoping all goes well on Monday and Calhoun is able to return at full strength.

For more on Calhoun and the Huskies, head over to SB Nation's The UConn Blog.

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Jim Calhoun Medical Leave Extended At Least Three More Games

Jim Calhoun's medical leave of absence has been extended at least three more games according to Phil Chardis, UConn's assistant director of athletic communications. Calhoun has missed the Huskies' last three games while dealing with a worsening degenerative condition called spinal stenosis.

The news means that Calhoun will not be available on the sideline until at least Feb. 25 when the Huskies take on the No. 2 Syracuse Orange at home in the third-to-last game of the regular season. Still, Calhoun's plan is to return sooner rather than later. He has battled back from cancer and stomach conditions, and has said that he has no plans to retire just yet.

For more on Calhoun and the Huskies, head over to the SB Nation blog The UConn Blog.

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Jim Calhoun Plans Return From Leave Of Absence

Although Connecticut Huskies coach Jim Calhoun took an indefinite leave of absence on February 3 after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, he is already planning to return as soon as possible.


Related: Calhoun Will Be Back - The UConn Blog

According to Andy Katz of ESPN, Calhoun -- who has beaten cancer and overcome stomach conditions as well -- views this medical issue as just another minor setback to overcome. Calhoun indicated that his pain has abated somewhat thanks to medication.

Calhoun said that he has appointments in Boston and New York to get further MRI testing on his back. Those results will decide what the correct course of treatment should be before any decisions are made on how long he will be gone from the team and program.

"It's something I've got to get through," Calhoun said. "I don't think it changes my mind one way or another about next year or the next two years. I just want to get the pain gone from down my leg so I can walk right. Getting onto planes and coaching -- I can't do that right now."

If there's one thing that no one can dispute, it's Calhoun's proven toughness and determination over the years. He is adamant that he is not in danger of needing to retire and plans to be back sooner, rather than later.

For more on Calhoun and the Huskies, head over to the SB Nation blog The UConn Blog.

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Jim Calhoun Taking Indefinite Medical Leave Of Absence

UConn Huskies head coach Jim Calhoun will take an indefinite medical leave starting immediately due to a worsening spinal condition, according to the university.

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