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BYU Coach Released From Hospital

November 27, 1997

PROVO, Utah (AP) _ Brigham Young football coach LaVell Edwards was released from the hospital on Wednesday, one day after undergoing surgery to unclog two arteries in his neck.

Edwards, 67, was doing well, but looked tired before his afternoon release, according to Anton Garrity, spokesman for Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

``I’m sure he’ll be that way for a couple days,″ Garrity said.

Edwards was admitted to the hospital Monday after complaining of blurred vision, Garrity said. Edwards told doctors he had experienced five such episodes over the last month.

Tests showed one carotid artery in Edwards neck was completely blocked, the other partially blocked.

On Tuesday, Dr. Mark Fullmer clamped off both ends of the artery, cut a small incision, and scraped out the vessels with a spatula-like device. Fullmer said the surgery went as well and he anticipates a full recovery.

BYU posted a 6-5 season this year, losing its final regular season game Saturday against Utah.

Edwards is tied for eighth in all-time wins with 234 and is the fourth-winningest active coach with a minimum of 15 seasons of experience.

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