Calhoun Meets with Huskies

Since Jim Calhoun's first season as head coach of the Connecticut men's basketball team, his talk to the players on the eve of the first day of classes has been a tradition to count on.

Even though Calhoun is still recovering from hip surgery earlier this month, that tradition continued Sunday night at Gampel Pavilion. Calhoun addressed the team in UConn locker room Sunday night and classes for the fall semester began Monday in Storrs.

It was the second time that Calhoun visited his office since his bicycle injury in Madison on Aug. 4. He met with his coaching staff last Wednesday and was seen around Gampel that day by a few of the Huskies.

UConn spokesman Phil Chardis said Monday that Calhoun is still "day to day" with his schedule, based on how he feels. Calhoun told the staff he tentatively hopes to stop in again on Tuesday.

Calhoun fractured his left hip on Aug. 4 in Madison, just before his Celebrity Classic All-Star game was set to begin at Mohegan Sun. He had successful surgery that night at John Dempsey Hospital at the UConn Health Center in Farmington. He has been recuperating at home. Calhoun, an avid bicyclist, was riding near his summer home when his bike slipped in sand and caused the fall.

Chardis said all 11 UConn players were present for the Sunday night meeting. The Huskies have 10 scholarship players and walk-on Brendan Allen on the roster for the 2012-13 season. Four of those 10 scholarship players – freshman Omar Calhoun, transfer R.J. Evans, freshman Phillip Nolan and freshman Leon Tolksdorf – are newcomers.

The returning players are Ryan Boatright, DeAndre Daniels, Niels Giffey, Shabazz Napier, Tyler Olander and Enosch Wolf.

There's every indication the Hall of Fame coach will return for his 27th season at UConn, but Calhoun, 70, has not made an official announcement.


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