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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