UConn hoop coach Calhoun suffers hip injury while riding bike
Madison, WI, United States (4E Sports) – University of Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun suffered a broken hip Saturday after he fell from his bike near his summer home in Madison.
According to a source, Calhoun was scheduled to undergo surgery Saturday night at John Dempsey Hospital at the UConn Health Center in Farmington.
“He could have surgery tonight,” the source said.
The source said the 70-year-old Calhoun was riding when he hit a patch of dirt and his feet became entangled in the pedals. He fell to the ground, couldn’t get up and called his wife. He was then transported to a local hospital.
This was the second time Calhoun was involved in a bike accident. He broke five ribs in 2009 while riding in a charity event.
Before the accident, Calhoun was scheduled to attend a charity basketball game at the Mohegan Sun which opened a weekend of events.
Calhoun had prostate cancer in 2003, skin cancer in 2008, suffered his first major bike accident three years ago, missed nearly a month in 2010 due to health issues and sat out a month last season because of back problems.
Calhoun has won 873 games, 650 with UConn, and has compiled 17 Big East regular-season and tournament championships. In 26 seasons at UConn, Calhoun single-handedly built the Huskies into an elite men’s program that has won three NCAA titles.
Calhoun, however, has not made a formal announcement about his status for next season.
“I’m pretty sure (Calhoun) isn’t thinking about retiring now,” said Kemba Walker, who learned of the accident when he arrived at Mohegan Sun for the charity game. “He’s probably thinking about recovering.”
“He’s going to make the best decision for him and his family,” Chris Smith, the all-time leading scorer in program history, said. “Coach is definitely a family guy, if he felt his health is not going to be up to par, he’ll make the right decision. He wants to give the kids 100 percent.”