Louisville Coach Crum Collapses
Nov. 01, 1998
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Louisville basketball coach Denny Crum collapsed Saturday while preparing to board a flight at Louisville International Airport. He underwent a series of tests that all came back normal and was to be kept overnight at a hospital for observation.
Rande Swann, an airport spokeswoman, said Crum was at a ticket counter about 1:45 p.m. EST when he reported feeling dizzy and lightheaded.
``We called for our medics to respond until EMS could get there,'' Swann said.
Crum, 61, was transported to Jewish Hospital, where he was resting comfortably Saturday night, she said.
Upon arrival, Crum was conscious and talkative, said Kenny Klein, Louisville sports information director.
Doctors explained the collapse as a transient neurological incident. All tests came back normal, including a CAT scan, blood chemistry and EKG. Crum was scheduled to undergo an MRI and would stay overnight for observation, Klein said.
``I asked, `Is it a stroke?' and was told it wasn't a stroke,'' Klein said. ``The brain triggered something.''
The Hall of Famer was planning to fly to California to attend a memorial service for his stepfather.
``Denny was upbeat and in good spirits,'' athletic director Tom Jurich said after talking to Crum at the hospital. ``He was more concerned with how our football team was doing.
``Certainly, there was a high level of concern when word spread through the stadium. Denny is an icon at this university, in this community and in college basketball.''
Crum has been coach of the Cardinals since the 1971-72 season and has a 625-253 record, including 12-20 last season. He led Louisville to the 1980 and 1986 national championships and four other Final Four appearances.
In March, Crum signed a four-year contract extension through the 2001-02 season. In September, the NCAA banned Louisville from postseason play for one year and placed the school on three years' probation because of rules violations.