STORRS – The school year has gotten underway and Jim Calhoun, characteristically, has not allowed his ritual to be stopped by his fractured hip. He made it to campus on Sunday night and addressed the Huskies, something he does on the Sunday night before classes begin each year.
“He was full of drive, determination and direction,” assistant coach Glen Miller said. “The same coach I’ve known since I played for him [at Northeastern]. There’s a lot going on with his rehab, but with his competitiveness, it looks like he is ahead of schedule.”
Calhoun, 70, who fractured his left hip in a biking accident on Aug. 4, still has weeks of rehab to go. He arrived using crutches and took the elevator down to his “bunker” area, where he sat at a study table and addressed 11 players.
“He was the same old ‘coach,’” Tyler Olander says. “He told us we’ve got a long season ahead, so get ready for the grind. It was great to see him and see that he’s doing well - and see that nothing is going to stop him ’til he’s there.”
It’s expected that Calhoun will stop by the campus when he can, perhaps on Tuesday.
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