Former Arizona coach Lute Olson hospitalized after stroke

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Lute Olson, the Hall of Fame coach who won a national title with Arizona in 1997, has been hospitalized after suffering a minor stroke, it was announced Monday.

“Coach Olson is not only an icon of our men’s basketball program and all of college basketball,” Arizona said in a statement released Monday, “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.”

Olson, 84, was admitted to the hospital Saturday.

“He is expected to make a full recovery but will likely need some rehabilitation therapy after discharge from the hospital,” David Labiner, MD, chairman of the UA department of neurology, said in a press release, per the Arizona Daily Star.

Olson went 781-280 during a head coaching career that spanned 35 years with stops at Long Beach State, Iowa and with the Wildcats. He retired in 2008.