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Ex-Arizona coach Lute Olson hospitalized for minor stroke

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Former Arizona Wildcats basketball coach Lute Olson has been hospitalized for a minor stroke, the school said on Monday.

The Arizona Daily Star says the stroke occurred over the weekend and that Olson is expected to make a full recovery, though he will likely need some rehab therapy.

“Hall of Fame Coach Lute Olson has been hospitalized after experiencing a minor stroke. Coach Olson is not only an icon of our men’s basketball program and all of college basketball, but he is also an embodiment of greatness to Arizona Athletics. The University of Arizona and the Tucson community. Our thoughts are with Coach Olson, his family and loved ones during this time,” the school said in a statement.

Olson, 84, coached at Arizona from 1983-2008. He led the school to a national championship, five Final Fours and 11 Pac-10 regular season titles. He was a 7-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year and is an inductee of both the Basketball Hall of Fame and College Basketball Hall of Fame. Olson had some health issues, including a stroke, that played a role in his retirement.

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