Evans Clinchy
Wednesday February 8th, 2012

Connecticut men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun was forced to walk away from the Huskies last week when he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, but his departure is only temporary. Calhoun now insists that his health problems will not force him to retire.

"I'm doing my best to fight this thing," Calhoun said in an interview with ESPN's Andy Katz. "I've had couple of other obstacles before, and this is another one. I'll fight through this."

Calhoun, who turns 70 this May, also had a bout with prostate cancer a decade ago and has battled various stomach ailments over the years as well. But the Hall of Fame coach says he plans to end his latest medical leave of absence as soon as he's physically able.

"There's no question," Calhoun said. "I've talked to the people at UConn and president [Susan] Herbst. I just want to get a resolution on my back." Calhoun missed both Saturday's win over Seton Hall and Monday's loss at Louisville. He has said that he won't be back in time for Saturday's showdown with Syracuse, but his timetable after this weekend is still unknown.

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