Calhoun Won't Coach Saturday

A Connecticut athletic department official confirmed Tuesday night that basketball coach Jim Calhoun will miss at least one more game on the bench as he struggles with spinal stenosis.

Calhoun told earlier in the day that he would not coach Saturday when the Huskies play at Syracuse.

Calhoun announced last week that he would take an indefinite medical leave of absence because of his worsening back condition. Associate head coach George Blaney has replaced Calhoun on the bench for a victory over Seton Hall Saturday and Monday's loss at Louisville.

The Hall of Fame coach, who has battled prostate cancer and skin cancer among other ailments at UConn, also told that this latest condition will not force him to retire.

"I've talked to the people at UConn and president (Susan) Herbst," Calhoun told " I just want to get a resolution on my back."

"It's something I've got to get through. I don't think it changes my mind one way or another about next year or the next two years. I just want to get the pain gone from down my leg so I can walk right. Getting onto planes and coaching -- I can't do that right now."

After Saturday's game at Syracuse, the Huskies have six regular season games remaining, beginning with a home game against DePaul on Feb. 15.

The following release was issued by UConn's athletic communications office on Wednesday morning.

STORRS, Conn. (February 8, 2012) --- University of Connecticut men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun will miss his third consecutive game Saturday at Syracuse as he continues to battle spinal stenosis, a painful lower back condition.

Calhoun, who was physically unable to coach games Saturday against Seton Hall and Monday at Louisville, is scheduled to meet with specialists over the next few days to determine the best course of treatment.

"I'm feeling better, but as of now, I wouldn't be able to coach," Calhoun said Tuesday. "I'm trying to get the best assessment in order to find the best solution."

Calhoun has been experiencing lower back pain since last summer, but controlled the discomfort through exercise and physical therapy. The condition grew worse last week, however, and the Hall of Fame coach went on a medical leave of absence last Friday. As the evaluation of his condition continues, he is expected to remain on leave until the situation is resolved.

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