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Chart: Calhoun's pattern of missing games

Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:10 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2012 4:55 pm
By Matt Norlander

If it seems to you like Jim Calhoun's been missing more and more games in recent years, you're right. The UConn coach has completely missed 21 games (23 if you count the upcoming two against Seton Hall and Louisville) during his time with the Huskies. Fifteen of those 23 games have come since 2008. To read that another way, 65 percent of the games Calhoun has been forced to sit out of have happened in the past four and a half seasons of his career (less than one-fifth of his tenure at the school).

Calhoun's even had instances where he's left in the middle of games due to illness and had George Blaney man the controls for the remainder of the night. His health remains a concern on many fronts at the school, and talk of his replacement has been speculated about for the past few years. This most recent health battle will only intensify the conversation of when/if/should Calhoun, nearly 70, should retire from coaching.

Here's a canonical list of every Connecticut game Calhoun didn't coach in, the reason why, the opponent and whether the Huskies won or lost. Overall, UConn is 11-10 when their chieftain watches them on television.

Source: UConn athletic department.

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:14 pm

Chart: Calhoun's pattern of missing games

Before the back problems of this week, he's missed ZERO games due to health concerns in the last two years. The one game he missed before the suspension was for a family funeral.

I don't  see a history of recent health concerns. The current back problem is a biggie, it sounds like, and it may force him to retire. But it's a recent phenomena. Not a history.

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