University of Connecticut men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun underwent successful spinal surgery, according to the Associated Press.
"I am very fortunate to have been treated by three of the very best surgeons," Calhoun said in a statement. "My heartfelt thanks to them and the entire Beth Israel community, who have made every effort to ensure my stay is as comfortable as possible. Lastly, thank you to the people across Connecticut and beyond who have reached out to offer their support.”
Calhoun had been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine, normally associated with aging. The school said that the surgery was performed in order to remove a large extruded disk fragment that had been pressing on a spinal nerve. Calhoun hopes to be back in time to coach the March 3 regular season finale against Pittsburgh. Connecticut is 5-5 without Calhoun this season, including 3-4 during his current medical leave for spinal stenosis. They play Providence Tuesday night.