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.
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.
From an ESPN.com article today... James didn't come on the school's team bus to sold out Rhodes Arena at the University of Akron, arriving about an hour before tipoff flanked by campus police and some of his own security personnel.