March 20, 2009

UConn coach Calhoun released from hospital

Connecticut Coach Jim Calhoun, who missed the Huskies' first-round tournament game with an undisclosed illness, has been released from a Philadelphia hospital.

Calhoun was admitted to the hospital Thursday prior to No. 1-seeded Connecticut's game after complaining of feeling lousy for the past several days. He was hospitalized overnight but left the hospital Friday.

His exact illness wasn't announced but The Hartford (Conn.) Courant quoted an athletic department official as saying Calhoun has been given a clean bill of health with no restrictions.

Calhoun is expected to be with the team Saturday with the Huskies go against ninth-seeded Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Associate coach George Blaney guided Connecticut to a 103-47 victory over Chattanooga in Thursday's first-round game.

Calhoun, 66, has coached the Huskies since the 1986-87 season, and has a 553-202 record at the school. He's missed 21 games in his career because of illness or surgery, the Courant said.