At a press conference at McKale today, Lute Olson's doctor says the former Arizona basketball coach had a stroke within the last year and was told to retire.
Dr. Steven Knope says that he discovered Olson's stroke on Monday night upon discovering the results of an MRI. Olson was told the news and did not attend the press conference, though his daughters and grandson, Matt Brase, did.
The stroke took place in the frontal lobe of the brain, which could have a major effect on personality. Knope says that Olson had a feeling that something may be up, but was unable to realize what it was.
"He knew something was wrong, but he couldn't quite put his finger on it," Knope said.
Upon receiving the news, athletic director Jim Livengood issued the following statement:
"Our hopes and prayers go to Lute Olson and his family for a swift and full recovery," it reads. "He has meant the world to this university and college basketball for a quarter century. His Hall-of-Fame legacy speaks for itself."
Olson retired due to Doctor's advice
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