Legendary College Basketball Coach Lute Olson Is A Frat Guy

Lute Olson, a name often mentioned in the same breath as John Wooden, will now be mentioned in the same breath as backwards Game hats and conch shell necklaces. That's right, a press release from Pi Kappa Alpha informs us that the Silver Fox is now a member of the fraternity known collectively as the Pikes. » 2/12/12 4:00pm 2/12/12 4:00pm

Lute Olson, Billy Gillispie (And Other College Coaches You Probably…

College coaches are probably paid too much, especially when you consider how much—nothing—players make. John Calipari just got a deal for $36.5 million. Jim Calhoun resents being asked about why he's the highest-paid state employee of Connecticut. » 7/19/11 8:30pm 7/19/11 8:30pm

Lute Olson Soap Opera Gets A Little More Creepy

It's safe to say that the last couple years of Lute Olson's life have been difficult. Health problems and a nasty public divorce led him to miss most of last season on the bench at Arizona and walk out on his team just before this one began. But it seems that the split from his wife, Christine, is even crazier—and… » 11/06/08 4:00pm 11/06/08 4:00pm

Arizona Basketball Is Kind Of A Mess Right Now

See update below ... » 10/24/08 1:45pm 10/24/08 1:45pm Late yesterday, Lute Olson finally made it official—. (That also means Dick Vitale was ... ... correct.) Yesterday was just the latest misstep, however, in an awkward, drawn out and at times ugly exit for a legendary coach who has now spoiled two seasons for his program, leaving them in a lurch…

Lute Olson Finds It Hard To Say Goodbye

Still no official word from the University of Arizona on Lute Olson's alleged retirement as the head coach of the Wildcats. Perhaps that's because he decided to inform more important people first. The order of ranking goes something like this—insane color commentator, then the assistant coaches, then the families of… » 10/23/08 5:45pm 10/23/08 5:45pm

Lute Olson Leaving Arizona ... Or Not

ESPN's Dick Vitale reported on the SportsCenter this morning that Arizona men's basketball coach Lute Olson is stepping down because of failing health and that Arizona will "conduct a national search" for a new coach. Olson did miss practice yesterday » 10/23/08 12:20pm 10/23/08 12:20pm and also failed to show up at an annual Rotary Club of Tuscon…

Lute Olson's Back And Surly Like A Fox

The University of Arizona has its long-standing head basketball coach back on the bench, but he apparently upped his prickliness quotient during his season-long leave of absence . First order of business? Fire the guy who kept the ship afloat while you were gone. Kevin O'Neill, who was at one point penciled in as… » 4/02/08 6:30pm 4/02/08 6:30pm

Lute Olson Extends Leave, Files For Divorce

Arizona's basketball team is playing in Champaign Chicago right now without head coach, and that's something they'll have to get used to. Responding to mounting pressure from the media and within his own program Lute Olson announced that he won't return to the team this season, and now we know why.
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Coach Is Taking Some Personal Days

Legendary Arizona Wildcats coach Lute Olson surprised everyone with yesterday's announcement that he's leaving the team for an undisclosed amount of time, effective immediately.
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Best wishes go to University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson, who is taking a leave of absence from coaching. He isn't saying why, but Chris McCosky is pretty sure it's not because of a dirt bike. [Arizona Republic] » 11/04/07 6:45pm 11/04/07 6:45pm