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Long time U of A head coach Lute Olson is retiring, though I can't yet find an Internet link to confirm. Assistant Mike Dunlap is reportedly being tabbed as the interim coach and Arizona will conduct a national search for a replacement (per ESPN broadcast).

I hope Mr. Olson is in good health, he's not a young man and given last year's leave of absence this year's abrupt departure is odd.
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Here's a blog link, which attributes to Vitale. He's good for it.

I think Kevin O'Neill would be willing to leave the Grizzles. (Isn't everyone?) That whole successor->interim->fired sequence makes even less sense now.

Edit: Apparently Arizona is denying anything is up. Huh.

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Maybe he's found an even younger woman to fool around with.



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I suspect it's a health issue. I've never cared for Lute, but I hate to see anyone in poor health. I'm totally WAG'ing here, but he built this program from scratch and like cubsfan said - the scenario with O'Neill and letting Josh Pastner et al. leave makes no sense with the timing of his departure.
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I don't know that the players really liked him either. One of the defining moments of the VDN era in Chicago was Vinny being thrown out of a game and Kirk Hinrich telling the team "Let's win this one for Vinny!" as a joke. Everyone laughed.
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