ESPN’s Andy Katz has received reports that UConn men’s basketball head coach Jim Calhoun will take a medical leave of absence from the school, and may have coached his final game at the college level.
-Calhoun, 67, has had a couple of cancer scares before. In 2003, he announced that he had prostate cancer, in which he promptly took a leave from the program. Also, in 2008, he coached the season after being diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, but returned to health quickly.
-Due to his advanced age and his already-prolific coaching, Katz told ESPNEWS that he believes Calhoun has coached his final game at the school.
-Even though he signed an extension just a few years ago (which would have him as head coach until he is 70), Calhoun will likely be able to find a way out of the deal and retire if he feels it becomes necessary.
-Jim has 816 wins in his epic 38 season career, in which he has won two NCAA championships (1999, 2004). The Huskies are ranked 21st currently in the ESPN/USA Today poll, with a record of 11-6.