University of Connecticut men's basketball head coach Jim Calhoun is taking an indefinite medical leave of absence, starting with Saturday's game against Seton Hall.

Calhoun is suffering from spinal stenosis, a lower back condition that causes severe pain and hampers mobility.

The Huskies are 14-7 this season, including 4-5 in the Big East, and have lost four straight games.

Calhoun has battled medical issues in the past. He missed seven games during the 2009-10 season for an unspecified problem and is a three-time cancer survivor. He recovered from prostate cancer in 2003 and skin cancer in 2008.

The 69-year-old Calhoun guided UConn to its third national championship last spring. He was elected to the basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.