NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Head coach Jim Calhoun of the Connecticut Huskies looks on from the bench against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitters at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
UConn head coach Jim Calhoun's hip fracture could force him to miss the start of the 2012-13 season.
Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun's hip fracture could force him to miss the start of the 2012-13 season, but likely will not prevent him from returning to coaching.
Calhoun underwent surgery on the hip on Saturday after he fractured it in a bicycle accident near his beach home in Madison. The surgery was a hip repair, not a hip replacement, and the typical recovery time after such a procedure is eight to 12 weeks.
The school has said that Calhoun is expected to be released from the hospital within the next few days.
This was the latest in a series of health problems for Calhoun, who also broke several ribs after a bicycle accident during a charity event in 2009. He is also is a three-time cancer survivor, overcoming prostate cancer in 2003 and skin cancer twice, most recently in 2008. He has missed 29 games over his 40-year career because of various medical conditions and had to leave another 11 games for medical reasons.
Last season, Calhoun missed eight games because of the effects of spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine, normally associated with aging and sometimes with arthritis. He underwent surgery to have a disk fragment removed from his spine, and returned to the bench just five days later.
Calhoun has an overall record of 873-380 over 40 seasons as a head coach and has led Connecticut to three national championships. He has said that he will announce before the start of fall practice whether he will return for a 27th season at UConn. The Huskies are ineligible for postseason play this season due to NCAA penalties for having low APR scores.
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