PHILADELPHIA - Jim Calhoun declared himself healthy Friday. The Connecticut coach missed his team's 103-47 win over Chattanooga on Thursday and then spent Thursday night in a Philadelphia hospital, but Calhoun said he will be back on the bench Saturday when the Huskies play Texas A&M in a second-round game.
"I got more than a clean bill of health. I'll preface by saying no psychiatric tests were taken. So we have to keep that in mind,'' he said Friday during a media session at the Wachovia Center. "Regardless, quite frankly, I didn't realize I was that healthy. I didn't feel that way, you know."
Calhoun, 66, who has had prostate and skin cancer and missed a game in January because of shingles, informed UConn team physician Jeff Anderson on Thursday morning that he was not feeling well. That led to his admission to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where tests showed he was suffering from dehydration. "I'm thinking of the game even in the ride over just to be checked out quick to see everything," Calhoun said. "Next thing I know, they put a bracelet on, I was admitted. I was the most shocked guy in the world."
Calhoun watched the game from his room and later addressed the team through a speakerphone. "If you're saying was I chomping at the bit after watching my team play so well, so proud of them, yes, I was chomping at the bit," he said. "I probably slept two hours last night and feel regenerated this morning that, A, I get a terrific physical in the process, and that has made me feel much better. But my team helped make me feel an awful lot better. It's one of those kind of things."
His players didn't play as if they missed Calhoun, who has missed all or part of 21 games in his 23 seasons with the Huskies. "He's fought through so many things in his life," senior Jeff Adrien said, "a little sickness wouldn't prevent him from coaching us Saturday."
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