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Lute Olson Takes Immediate Leave of Absence
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 30, 2000
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TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Lute Olson announced Saturday that he is taking an immediate leave of absence from the basketball program to spend quality time with his wife, Bobbi, who continues to battle ovarian cancer.

Lute and Bobbi want the UA Athletic Department family and the basketball team and staff, their many friends, the Tucson community and the news media to know how much they appreciate the loving support given to them during this difficult period.

Olson will miss his team's game tonight against Mississippi State in the championship of the Bank One Fiesta Bowl Classic. UA associate head coach Jim Rosborough will assume temporary leadership for an indefinite amount of time.

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