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After getting injured trying to help break up a scuffle between his Buffaloes and Arizona State, Colorado men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle was forced to wear a walking boot over an injured calf during CU’s game against Arizona.

The biggest physical setback the Colorado men’s basketball team suffered at the Pac-12 Conference tournament last week is on the mend.

Head coach Tad Boyle was forced to coach with a walking boot covering his right calf during the Buffs’ season finale against Arizona in the league quarterfinals. Boyle was injured a day earlier while rushing the floor to help break up a late-game skirmish between the Buffs and Arizona State, suffering what he reported at the time was a torn calf muscle.

Back in Boulder this week, Boyle reported the tear has been downgraded to a sprain and that his limp already is evaporating.

“The calf is getting better every day,” Boyle said. “I got an ultrasound (Tuesday) and it was deemed a strained calf muscle. I’m calling it torn because I get more sympathy that way. Strained or torn, it’s feeling better. The limp is almost gone.”

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