Former Arizona Basketball Coach Lute Olson in Hospice Care

Lute Olson

Lute Olson

University of Arizona coaching legend Lute Olson is currently in the "fight for his life" in hospice care, according to Arizona Daily Star columnist Greg Hansen.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, he had a stroke back in February of 2019, and has not been seen at a Arizona basketball game since.

If you've ever been to an Arizona basketball game, you are familiar with the "Luuuuute" cheer. The man is an icon in Tucson, and in NCAA coaching.

Olson became the most successful basketball coach in UA history over his 24 seasons with the Wildcats. Named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, Olson led the Wildcats to the 1997 NCAA title, still the crowning moment to date in UA athletics history, along with three other Final Fours and 22 NCAA Tournament appearances.

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Pray for Lute Olson.


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