- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 22, 2012

STORRS, CONN. (AP) - The University of Connecticut says men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun will undergo surgery on Monday to address a condition affecting his lower back.

UConn says Calhoun will miss the Huskies’ next two games, against Syracuse and Providence, and his coaching status will then be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.

Calhoun said in a statement released Wednesday that he looks forward to having the procedure done and hopefully recovering as quickly as possible.

Calhoun began a medical leave of absence on Feb. 3 because of spinal stenosis. The Hall of Fame coach, who turns 70 in May, has been experiencing lower back pain since last summer.

The Huskies host Pittsburgh in their final regular-season game on March 3.

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