Catlett Takes Leave of Absence

West Virginia University athletic director Ed Pastilong announced Monday evening that Mountaineer men's basketball coach Gale Catlett is taking a temporary medical leave of absence from the team.

The indefinite leave is effective immediately and Pastilong announced that WVU assistant coach Drew Catlett will take over the coaching duties with assistance from coaches Lester Rowe and Chris Cheeks.

Coach Catlett wishes to keep the specifics for the medical leave a personal matter. Catlett indicated on his statewide radio show that he would miss a minimum of one game. WVU plays Providence Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. at the WVU Colisem.

Catlett gave no indication of any possible timeframe for his return. If Catlett's absence is extended, WVU could apply for permission for Lester Rowe to leave the campus as a recruiter.

For full audio of Catlett's comments this evening, click here.

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