University of Connecticut men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun will miss at least two more games while he receives treatment for spinal stenosis, the school said on its website.
Calhoun, 69, led the Huskies to last season’s National Collegiate Athletic Association championship, his third in 26 years at the Storrs, Connecticut-based university.
UConn has gone 2-2 since Calhoun began a medical leave of absence on Feb. 3 because of the lower back condition. He has missed Big East conference games against Seton Hall, Louisville, Syracuse and DePaul.
“I’m happy that we seem to have located the problem and I am currently moving forward with treatment,” Calhoun said in a statement yesterday on the school website. “We have to give that treatment time to see whether or not it’s effective.”
Calhoun also will miss games Feb. 18 at home against Marquette and Feb. 20 at Villanova. Assistant George Blaney, in his 11th season with the team, has taken over head coaching duties in Calhoun’s absence.
The Huskies are 16-9 this season, with a 5-6 record in the Big East. They defeated visiting DePaul 80-54 last night.
“I’m hoping by the middle of next week we’ll have a much clearer picture of where we are, and when I can look forward to getting back to doing what I do,” said Calhoun, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Calhoun was suspended by the NCAA for the first three Big East conference games of this season for failing to monitor recruiting violations that included more than $6,000 in improper benefits to a former player.
In January 2010, Calhoun took a seven-game leave for an undisclosed illness. At that time, the school said the condition was unrelated to his history of prostate cancer, which required surgery in 2003.