The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.
By United Press International

USC coach suspended for league tourney

LOS ANGELES, March 11 (UPI) -- USC Coach Kevin O'Neill was suspended for the remainder of the Pac-10 Conference Tournament Friday after he was involved in an argument with an Arizona fan.

Arizona announces self-imposed sanctions

TUCSON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- University of Arizona officials announced Friday the school would impose two years of sanctions on its men's basketball program.

Doctor: Stroke forced Olson's retirement

TUCSON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Arizona basketball Coach Lute Olson, who announced his retirement last week, was advised to do so because he had suffered a stroke, his doctor said.

Arizona names interim men's hoops coach

TUCSON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Assistant Coach Russ Pennell has been named interim men's basketball coach at Arizona, succeeding the retired Lute Olson.

Olson resigns as Arizona basketball coach

TUCSON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The University of Arizona announced Thursday that Lute Olson, the school's longtime men's basketball coach, has retired.

COL BKB: West Virginia 75, Arizona 65

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- Alex Ruoff and Darris Nichols teamed to hit nine three-pointers Thursday in carrying West Virginia to a 75-65 decision over Arizona in the NCAA Tournament.

Loyola-Marymount coach resigns

LOS ANGELES, March 13 (UPI) -- Loyola-Marymount has launched a search for a men's basketball coach following the resignation of Rodney Tention.

Olson to return next season at Arizona

TUCSON, March 10 (UPI) -- Lute Olson, who missed the entire 2007-08 season for personal reasons, will return next season as the coach of the Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team.

O'Neill named Olson's successor at Arizona

TUCSON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Arizona interim coach Kevin O'Neill has been named to take over when Coach Lute Olson, currently on a leave of absence, retires from his coaching position.

COL BKB: Arizona 78, Illinois 72 (OT)

CHICAGO, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Jerryd Bayless scored 17of his 20 points in the second half Saturday -- eight in overtime -- rallying 24th-ranked Arizona to 78-72 road win over Illinois.

Lute Olson to miss basketball season

TUCSON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Arizona men's basketball coach Lute Olson has extended his leave of absence though the 2007-08 season.

COL BKB: Arizona 76, Northern Arizona 69

TUCSON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Chase Budinger fired in a game-high 25 points Tuesday, allowing No. 17 Arizona to slip past Northern Arizona 76-69 in the Wildcats' season-opener.

Arizona Coach Lute Olson takes leave

TUCSON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Arizona men's basketball Coach Lute Olson has been granted a leave of absence due to a personal matter, Arizona Athletics Director Jim Livengood said.
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Lute Olson
Former Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson poses on the red carpet at the Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, AZ ., March 20,2010. UPI/Art Foxall

Robert Luther "Lute" Olson (born September 22, 1934) is a retired American men's basketball coach. He was most recently head coach at the University of Arizona for a period of 25 years. He was also head coach at the University of Iowa for 9 years and California State University, Long Beach for one season. Olson was known for player development, and many of his former players have gone on to impressive careers in the NBA after having played under him. On October 23, 2008 Olson announced his retirement from coaching.

Olson was born in Mayville, North Dakota of Norwegian-American parentage, and is a graduate of Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to his tenure with the Arizona Wildcats, Olson coached the University of Iowa and Long Beach State basketball teams, Long Beach City College four years, after having coached high school teams in Mahnomen and Two Harbors, Minnesota, and Anaheim and Huntington Beach, California.

In his first and only season at Long Beach State, he led the team to an undefeated conference record and a Big West championship. He coached Iowa to a Final Four appearance in 1980, losing to eventual NCAA champion Louisville in the national semifinal. After leading the Hawkeyes to the Sweet Sixteen in 1983, Olson surprised many by leaving for an Arizona program that was one of the worst in the nation. He said he left Iowa because life there had become a "fishbowl" and he needed a change.

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