He sat down at the podium and for the next 30 minutes, Jim Calhoun took center stage. After complaining of feeling “lousy” and undergoing a battery of tests Thursday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (missing UConn’s 103-47 win over Chattanooga), the Huskies coach was back at work Friday, leading his team through a two-hour workout at the Palestra before heading here to the Wachovia Center to address the media.
It’s tough trying to get a decent photo when you’re using the camera on your Blackberry phone but at least you can (hopefully) see that the coach looked in good spirits and was ready to get back on the sidelines.
Here’s his opening statement:
“First thing I want to say how proud I was of our kids yesterday, the way they just played, quite frankly, terrific basketball, kept their composure early. It was a 19-17 game, 12 to go. We had been there before a little bit, especially Jeff (Adrien) and Craig (Austrie), when we played Albany four years ago. Instead of trying to make it all happen at once, they in turn just piece-mailed some things together. Had a big halftime lead and went onto an impressive win. Couldn’t be happier for them and more proud of my good friend of 40 years George Blaney. So it was a terrific win for us. We’ve had a great deal of success, particularly over the past couple decades in NCAA post-season play, but we needed to kind of reestablish ourselves. At least for a game we certainly did that. I was very, very proud of them.
“As far as me personally, I fully expected to coach the game yesterday early in the morning, 10, 11 o’clock. I mentioned to Jeff Anderson, our doctor, that I wasn’t feeling particularly well, had felt weak for a couple days, but no problem. He said, Let’s go down and have you checked out. So we went down. I was checked out. Next thing I know, this hour or so turned into being admitted so they could do a full and thorough examination.
“They looked at virtually everything, it seems, and came out with the fact that I probably was totally dehydrated. They could find that out. I left early this morning. I bribed my way out of there as quick as I could. Quite frankly, I feel good now. I probably feel good because, once again, I got a full physical examination. I will say one thing. The full exam, which got high ratings, did not include a psychiatrist.”