Jim Calhoun will be released from the hospital on Tuesday, spend another week at home getting rehab treatment for his left hip and then return to the business of being the University of Connecticut’s men basketball coach and deciding whether he wants to continue or retire.
“Nothing has changed really,” Calhoun said on Monday when asked if the fractured left hip he suffered in a bike accident near his summer home in Madison, Ct. had changed his long term plans. “I’m just going to go about my business.”
The business of coaching the Huskies may be put on temporary hold since the normal recovery period from hip surgery is 3-4 months, which doesn’t even factor in Calhoun’s age (70).
Whether Calhoun, who has three national championship rings, and a Hall of Fame coaching career that turned UConn into a national power in men’s basketball, finished out the last two years of his contract or walked away to do something else at the age of 70, has been a steady topic of conversation not only at UConn, but throughout college basketball throughout the spring and summer.
Added to the intrigue was that the Huskie program, coming off probation for violations was then hit with an additional penalty for an unsatisfactory Academic Progress rate for its players, which resulted in the Huskies being barred from any post season play next season.
Calhoun has waffled on his choice for months. Some days he feels he has had enough, some days he wants to keep going, the competitive kid from Braintree coming out in him.
The latest injury has slowed him down, but not stopped him. “It’s always something, he said with a laugh, explaining that the injury came because he hit a patch of sand, which caused him to spin out and land on his hip.
For Calhoun, who has beaten cancer twice, broken 5 ribs in a previous bike accident and spinal issue last spring which required a procedure to correct, as well other ailments and illnesses which have temporarily sidelined him, the hip injury is just another obstacle.
What he is not likely to do very much in the future is ride his bike for any extended distances or strange surfaces. “My brother and my wife say they are taking my bike away,”’ said Calhoun with a laugh.
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