Lute Olson: U of A Basketball Coach Quits?

October 23, 2008

Lute Olson, legendary University of Arizona men’s basketball coach, once again is calling it quits as head coach of the Wildcats. Read more about the story plus photos and video of Lute Olson below.

ESPN analyst Dick Vitale reported this morning that Lute Olson, long time head coach of the University of Arizona men’s basketball team, has quit the team, and associate coach Mike Dunlap will take over on an “interim basis” when Olson steps down.

The University of Arizona is denying the report, and Olson has not come forward to inform officials of his resignation U of A spokesman Tom Duddleston said:

“We’re not making any announcement to that effect,” Duddleston said. “At this moment there is nothing going on.”

However, the father of Arizona recruit Solomon Hill, Solomon Crawford, said that U of A assistant coach Reggie Geary informed him that Dunlap was taking over for Olson on an “interim basis”.

“Reggie gave me a call, and said Lute wasn’t going to be there,” Crawford said. “I don’t know if he is sick. There’s been no specific reason (given).”

Olson’s tenure at the U of A began in 1983, where in 24 seasons he sported a 589-188 record. He has taken the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament 24 consecutive years and has made it to the Final Four four times (1988, 1994, 1997 and 2001). The U of A has vied for the national championship game twice, winning in 1997 and losing to Duke in 2001.

He took a leave of absence during the 2007-2008 season due to “medical and personal reasons”. He was embroiled in a bitter divorce battle in late 2007, and earlier this year, both parties agreed to a settlement.

More photos and video of Lute Olson are below.

On The Air With Lute Olson 2007 – Video

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