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Ariz. Coach Takes Leave of Absence

December 30, 2000

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson began an unanticipated leave of absence Saturday to spend more time with his cancer-stricken wife.

Olson revealed the move only 90 minutes before the No. 12 Wildcats played Mississippi State in the Bank One Fiesta Bowl Classic championship game.

Three weeks ago, Olson stayed home with Bobbi Olson, his wife of 47 years, while his team traveled to Storrs, Conn., to play Connecticut, missing a 71-69 loss to the Huskies.

Bobbi Olson is battling ovarian cancer.

The university said Jim Rosborough, the head coach at Northern Illinois for three years before he joined the Arizona staff in 1989, will coach the Wildcats in Olson’s absence.

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