University of Connecticut’s head basketball coach, Jim Calhoun, is temporarily taking a medical leave of absence, according to CBS Sports. Calhoun’s leave of absence is a result of a worsening condition of spinal stenosis.
“It turns out that there is some degenerative problem in the lumbar vertebrae and it’s impinging on the nerves. It has led to significant back pain and some symptoms in his lower extremities,” Calhoun's doctor, Peter Schulman, said in a team press release today.
Jim has been able to manage it with the physical therapy and stretching, but over the last several days, things have become worse and he is not able to deal with this on a day to day basis," he continued. "Right now, he is physically unable to coach.”
The school’s athletic department has named George Blanley interim head coach for the time being. The Huskies are currently 14-7 and 4-5 in the Big East Conference. Calhoun has 866 career coaching wins, and has helped Connecticut win three NCAA National Championships.