Huskies Get Calhoun Back For Critical Stretch

By Josh Herwitt - January 16, 2008

UConn fans got some good news Wednesday when Jim Calhoun returned to practice after missing the Huskies' heartbreaking loss at Georgetown last Saturday.

And according to the Associated Press, the Hall of Fame coach will also be returning to the sideline tomorrow when UConn welcomes Big East foe Providence to the XL Center in downtown Hartford.

Calhoun, who has had health issues in the past, was forced to leave the second half of Jan. 8's win over St. John's after suffering from what team officials said was both stress and exhaustion.

The 35-year vet maintained, however, that he's been coping with a gastric problem, which dates back to a stomach operation he received as a young man.

"I'm feeling lousy," Calhoun admitted yesterday. "I lost about eight pounds and I wouldn't recommend the way I did it to people. Bottom line is, I'm feeling tired, but beyond that I'm feeling OK.

"I'm going to watch myself very carefully, because we do have 16 more games [and] the kids beat me up pretty good."

While Calhoun has stayed away from eating much over the last week, the Huskies -- standing at 11-4 overall and 2-2 in conference play -- are glad to have their coach back as they enter a difficult stretch over the next month, which includes games against No. 13 Marquette (Jan. 20), No. 9 Indiana (Jan. 26) and No. 15 Pittsburgh (Feb. 2).

"There is no question that we need coach, without a doubt," said junior point guard A.J. Price, who's averaging 14 points and 3.9 rebounds while leading the Huskies in assists.

"He's been on people's minds during the games when he's not on the sideline. It's just good to have him back, good to see that he's feeling much better and hopefully he'll continue to keep feeling well."

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 12:33 PM on January 16, 2008

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