Jim Calhoun released from hospital

Updated: August 7, 2012, 4:28 PM ET
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Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun was released from the hospital Tuesday, three days after undergoing surgery for a left hip fracture sustained in a fall during a bicycle ride near his beach home in Madison, Conn.

UConn spokesman Phil Chardis said in an email that Calhoun is at home and that he sounded in very good spirits. He said there is no timetable for Calhoun's return.

Dr. Stephen Hunt, an orthopedic surgeon at Atlantic Sports Health at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey who wasn't involved in Calhoun's operation, said that type of injury usually takes about eight to 12 weeks for the bone in a hip repair to heal.

The 70-year-old Hall of Fame coach went down Saturday afternoon after his bike hit a patch of sand.

"He hit some sand and he has those shoes that are tied in, clip-ons," associate head coach George Blaney said Saturday.

It was the latest in a series of health problems for Calhoun, who broke several ribs in an accident during a charity bicycle ride in 2009.

"It's always something," Calhoun told ajerseyguy.com. "My brother and my wife say they are taking my bike away."

Calhoun also is a three-time cancer survivor, overcoming prostate cancer in 2003 and skin cancer twice, most recently in 2008. He has missed 29 games over his 40-year career because of various medical conditions and had to leave another 11 games for medical reasons.

Calhoun missed eight games last season because of the effects of spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine normally associated with aging and sometimes with arthritis, which led to surgery to have a disk fragment removed from his spine.

He returned to the sideline just five days after that operation.

Hunt said the stenosis could affect Calhoun's rehabilitation efforts from the hip injury. But he said the injury itself is not something that is typically career-threatening.

Calhoun is 873-380 in 40 seasons as a head coach and has led Connecticut to three NCAA titles. He has said he will announce before the start of fall practice whether he will return for a 27th season at UConn.

His accident happened just hours before his biennial charity basketball game involving 36 of his former players.

Former UConn star Chris Smith, the school's career leading scorer, said Saturday that even with the health issues he would be surprised to see the coach retire.

"I really can't see it," Smith said Saturday. "He is the program. Guys come to UConn because of Jim Calhoun."

Houston Rockets first-round pick Jeremy Lamb also said he expects Calhoun will return but hopes he takes some time after the injury to consider what is important in his life.

"I know he's going to fight," Lamb said Saturday. "But I don't know if it will make him want to coach more or retire more. I just know Coach is a tough guy, a real strong man, and he's going to do what's best for him and his family."

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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