Thursday, March 19, 2009

Calhoun Won't Coach Today

This from UConn sports information a minute ago:

University of Connecticut head men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun will not coach today's NCAA Tournament First Round contest against Chattanooga at Wachovia Center.

"Coach Calhoun has not been feeling well for the past several days and it is best that he not coach the team today for precautionary reasons," said UConn Director of Sports Medicine Dr. Jeff Anderson.

Dr. Anderson is with Coach Calhoun, who is not expected to be at the arena for the game today. Associate head coach George Blaney will direct the UConn team today in Coach Calhoun's absence.

A report that Calhoun may miss more than just today's opener was labeled "absolutely ridiculous" by UConn men's basketball media relations director Kyle Muncy.

The last time Calhoun missed an entire NCAA tournament game was on March 11, 1999, for a first-round game against Texas-San Antonio. Calhoun was sidelined by an intestinal virus, and associate head coach Dave Leitao led UConn to a 91-66 win.

Calhoun left a second-round tourney game against DePaul on March 20, 2004, only to return later in the game. The Huskies beat the Blue Demons (who were coached, ironically, by Leitao), 72-55.


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