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Jim Calhoun needs a rest, takes leave of absence

People are tweeting, and the Hartford Courant's Mike Anthony is reporting: UConn head coach Jim Calhoun will take a medical leave of absence, effective immediately. I guess Urban Meyer's issues are getting all head coaches to take heed of their own health problems.

From Peter Schulman, Calhoun's primary care physician:

"It is my recommendation that Coach Calhoun take a medical leave from his coaching position to address some temporary medical issues, none of which involve any previous medical conditions that he has dealt with."

Associate head coach George Blaney will take over for the indefinite period of time.

Calhoun's departure comes at a bad time for the Huskies. They've lost their last three, are a measly 1-5 against the top 25 and, oh boy, Texas is rolling into Storrs on Saturday. Perhaps Calhoun just wanted to get his hands off this mess of a group of athletes posing as a basketball team before they cause him additional damage to his body.

Looking at his past, Calhoun, 67, is one tough mofo. He's a three-time cancer survivor who had his prostate removed in 2003. Just last summer, he broke several ribs while bike-riding, but was all-systems go last November to tip-off the season.

Calhoun reportedly agreed to a five-year extension last month but he frequently thinks about retiring too, so it appears there may be some additional layers to uncover here.