Lute Olson Says He’s Coming Back Next Season

The ARIZONA DAILY STAR reports that Lute Olson has officially said he’ll be back on the Wildcats’ sidelines next year.

Lute Olson

The Arizona coach didn’t speak to the media, but issued a press release on Monday, trying to explain his season-long leave of absence.

Olson said in the release that his 2007-08 season was sullied “by a medical condition that was not life-threatening, but serious enough to require time away from my coaching responsibilities.”

Even though he failed to explain exactly what his condition was, Olson said he was “glad we can clear the air.”

We’re guessing he was done in by a broken heart.

Although he did show up for Senior Day festivities during the March 2 home finale, Olson says he plans on keeping his distance:

I’m certainly not going to be around because I think it would be disruptive. I haven’t gone to games … I don’t want to be disruptive to the team. But the nice thing is that I’ve been able to see every game and I will continue to.”

If he was so concerned about not being a distraction, could he have waited until after the season ended to make his announcement? Arizona still has a Pac-10 tourament to play, and with an 18-13 record, are precariously perched on the NCAA Tournament bubble.