According to Dick Vitale, Lute Olson Stepping Down

October 23rd, 2008

According to ESPN's Dick Vitale, Arizona head basketball coach Lute Olson will be stepping down, ending his 24-year run at the school. The reason cited by Vitale in an interview on ESPN News about fifteen minutes ago was Coach Olson's health. "You know Michelle [LaFountain], I know it will be denied but it's a lot of physical problems," said Vitale in the TV spot this morning. According to the Hall of Fame announcer, associate head coach Mike Dunlap will take over on an interim basis with Arizona conducting a national search for a successor.

Olson moves on with an overall record of 780-280 in 34 seasons, 589-187 as the head coach in Tucson. Dunlap, who is one of three new assistants brought in this offseason, was an assistant for the Denver Nuggets the previous two season. As for head coaching experience, Dunlap won two national titles at Division II Metropolitan State (Colorado) and left the school with a record of 248-50.

No announcement has come from either Coach Olson or athletic director Jim Livengood regarding the coaching situation.