- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun was released from the hospital Friday morning, a day after missing the Huskies’ victory over Chattanooga in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

“He has been given a clean bill of health with no restrictions,” UConn sports information director Kyle Muncy said Friday morning.

Muncy said Calhoun ate breakfast with the team and then headed to practice at a local gym. He was expected to accompany the team to the Wachovia Center for a media availability later in the afternoon, but it wasn’t known if he would speak.

It’s also unclear whether the 66-year-old Calhoun will be on the bench for Saturday’s second-round game against Texas A&M.;

Calhoun did not feel well Thursday morning and was admitted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania later in the day for tests. He was kept overnight for observation.

UConn sports medicine director Dr. Jeff Anderson and the school did not say what was wrong with the coach.

Associate head coach George Blaney coached the Huskies in Calhoun’s absence. A.J. Price and Hasheem Thabeet each scored 20 points in the third-largest victory ever in NCAA tournament history _ 103-47 against Chattanooga.

This was the third NCAA tournament game Calhoun has missed. In the two previous instances, UConn went on to win the national title.

In 1999, Calhoun missed a first-round game against Texas-San Antonio. In 2004, he left a second-round game against DePaul after becoming ill. He returned just in time to see the end of UConn’s 72-55 victory.

Calhoun has missed 21 games in his career, including one other game this season _ a Jan. 3 contest against Rutgers.

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