Vitale: Lute Olson Stepping Down From Arizona

Last season Arizona Wildcats coach Lute Olson took a year off from the team. While an official reason for for his leave of absence was never given, the school did say that it had nothing to do with health reasons, and then a few days later we found out Olson had filed for divorce from his wife.

Well it looks like Olson enjoyed that year off, because he missed practice on Wednesday and skipped an appearance at a local Rotary Club event as well. The school said Lute was just sick and has laryngitis, but according to ESPN’s Dick Vitale, that isn’t the case. He says that Olson is just stepping down as coach.

From ESPN:

Arizona’s Lute Olson is stepping down as the school’s men’s basketball coach, a source has told ESPN’s Dick Vitale.

Associate coach Mike Dunlap will take over the head coaching duties on an interim basis.

Arizona spokesperson Tom Duddleston said Thursday morning that Olson hasn’t informed the administration that he is resigning. Duddleston said he went to his superiors and was told, “no way,” in response to the report.

So Vitale says Lute is resigning, but the school says he isn’t. I’m inclined to believe Vitale because it wouldn’t shock me at all to find out Vitale talked to Olson on the phone personally, and Lute just hasn’t told the school yet. Of course, there’s also a possibility that Dickie V. is just upset after the Tampa Bay Rays lost Game 1 of the World Series last night, and he’s just making up stories to help himself get over it.

Though I think it’s more likely Vitale is telling the truth. He wouldn’t lie to us, baby!