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UConn Coach Calhoun To Miss Game

March 12, 1999

DENVER (AP) _ Jim Calhoun, who has guided Connecticut to three trips to NCAA tournament’s round of eight, was expected to miss the Huskies’ first-round game Thursday night against Texas-San Antonio because of an intestinal virus.

Calhoun developed ``virus-like″ symptoms Thursday morning, but was able to conduct Connecticut’s game-day shootaround. He decided to skip the Texas-San Antonio game after being examined by Connecticut trainer Joe Sharpe and the school’s director of sports medicine, Dr. Jeffrey Anderson.

Similar symptoms caused Calhoun to miss the Huskies’ 95-58 victory over Hartford on Nov. 24.

Connecticut assistant Dave Leitao will take over for Calhoun as the top-seeded Huskies play 16th-seeded Texas-San Antonio in the West Regional. A No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

Calhoun is in his 13th season at Connecticut. Since he took over in 1986, the Huskies have gone 298-120, earning eight NCAA tournament bids and advancing to the round of sixteen six times.

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