Gunter officially out for the season

LSU head women's basketball coach Sue Gunter will take a medical leave of absence from her bench coaching duties for the remainder of the 2004 season and post-season, LSU announced on Thursday.

Gunter will continue to participate in film sessions, practices and game preparation at her own discretion. The decision to lessen her work load was made after consultation with her doctor and discussions with LSU athletics director Skip Bertman and senior women's administrator Judy Southard.

"Sue has an existing lung problem that has been worsened by acute bronchitis," said her physician, Dr. James Osterberger. "How she feels varies from day to day, which is typical of this condition. As she improves, that variance will diminish and her well-being will become more consistent."

Long-time assistant coach and former Tiger All-American Dana "Pokey" Chatman will serve as acting head coach in Gunter's absence.

"Sue Gunter will still be running the women's basketball program at LSU, but right now the most important thing is for her to gain some continuity in her health," said Bertman. "The strain of day-to-day full time coaching duties is not conducive to recovery from a health condition like this. I have every confidence in Pokey Chatman, Bob Starkey and Carla Berry to manage the team under Sue's direction."

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