Arizona Coach Lute Olson To Miss Rest of Season

FAMILY AFFAIRS KEEP OLSON OUT FOR REST OF SEASON: Lute Olson’s indefinite absence is now definite, as the Arizona coach announced he will sit out the remainder of the season:

Lute Olson

The ARIZONA REPUBLIC reports that Olson told the Tucson school he would be gone for the rest of the year, but said he plans to be back courtside next season.When asked for reasons for Olson’s prolonged absence, university president Dr. Robert Shelton said, “All I know is that it has to do with issues within the family.”

Assistant Kevin O’Neill, who already earned experience coaching collegiate Wildcats during his Northwestern days, will remain the de facto leader.

Lute Bobbi Olson

The absence will be the longest in Lute’s coaching career since he missed 5 games in 2000-01 to be with his ailing wife Bobbi, who eventually passed away from ovarian cancer.