Lute Olson to return to Arizona after taking personal leave

By: associated press
By: associated press

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson is returning to the Wildcats at the end of the season.

The 73-year-old Olson has been on personal leave since November 4th.

Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood confirms the Hall of Fame coach will come back under a contract that runs through 2011.

Olson said in a statement his leave was necessitated "by a medical condition that was not life-threatening, but serious enough to require time away from my coaching responsibilities."

That's different from the statement he issued on the day he took his leave. He said then that he wanted to "reassure everyone that this isn't a health scare, but rather a personal matter that needs my undivided attention."

Assistant Kevin O'Neill has served as the Wildcats' interim coach and has been named the permanent successor once Olson retires.

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 16461791 -
Gray Television, Inc.