Calhoun takes medical leave of absence

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.