Blaney to Fill In For Calhoun Again

Coach Jim Calhoun will be prohibited from all basketball duties with the Connecticut basketball team from the time the team leaves Dec. 27 for its game at South Florida through the Seton Hall game on Jan. 3.

Calhoun met with UConn officials Wednesday to finalize details of serving his three-game suspension mandated by the NCAA earlier this year when the school was penalized for recruiting violations in the Nate Miles case. Calhoun was cited by the NCAA for failing to create an atmosphere of compliance within the UConn program.

Later Wednesday, on his weekly radio show with Joe D'Ambrosio on WTIC's Sports Talk, Calhoun announced that associate head coach George Blaney will assume the duties of head coach in Calhoun's absence.

Blaney, 71, has filled in for Calhoun on several occasions when Calhoun was ill. There had been some uncertainty about who would substitute this time because of family issues that Blaney needs to attend to from time to time, but the decision was reached at a staff meeting Wednesday.

Calhoun will miss the USF game on Dec. 28, the home game against St. John's on Dec. 31, and the Jan. 3 game at Seton Hall. He will return to the bench Jan. 7 at Rutgers.

Calhoun said Tuesday that serving the suspension "will be difficult."

"Any direct coaching activities will be prohibited," Calhoun said Wednesday on the radio show. "There's no way, someone has done something 40 plus years, and you just tell him, stop. That's a hard thing to do."

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