- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Hours after being released from the hospital, Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said Friday that tests revealed he was dehydrated.

“They took me in. They did everything from soup to nuts, and they find out it’s dehydration,” Calhoun said as he arrived at the Wachovia Center, where the Huskies were scheduled for a news conference later in the afternoon.

The 66-year-old coach left 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.

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

He 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.

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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