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UA to honor Olson during halftime of March 5 game

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The University of Arizona will honor retired basketball coach Lute Olson at halftime of its March 5 game against California at McKale Center.

Olson, his family, former players and Pac-10 officials will remember the Hall of Fame coach in person and on video. The Thursday night game time has not been determined.

UA also has scheduled a public ceremony Aug. 8 at McKale to highlight his 25 years in Tucson. That time has not been determined, but later that night, a special dinner will be held for Olson and UA basketball lettermen.

“I can think of no better way to celebrate the career of Lute Olson than to share this recognition with his family, former players and fans,” said Jim Livengood, Arizona director of athletics. “Lute wasn’t just a U of A treasure, he was a Tucson treasure.”

On March 14, Olson will be inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor at the league’s tournament in Los Angeles.

Olson, 74, went 589-187, a .759 winning percentage, in 24 seasons at UA, including the 1997 national title and three other Final Four appearances.

He had a 780-280 (.736) overall record in 34 seasons as an NCAA Division I head coach.

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Cats may hire Texas Tech’s Littrell as assistant coach



Arizona has been trying to imitate Texas Tech’s spread offense, and is taking another step toward that direction with the apparent hiring of Seth Littrell as its running backs coach.

Littrell is slated to take over for Dana Dimel, the associate head coach in charge of running backs and tight ends, who left for Kansas State on Tuesday, according to RedRaiderSports.com.

“I just feel like, right now, this is the best situation for me and my family,” Littrell told RedRaiderSports. com “This is a great opportunity (at Arizona). Mike Stoops has made me very comfortable with my future in Tucson.”

The Wildcats are familiar with Texas Tech’s staff. Current offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh were hired from Mike Leach’s staff in Lubbock, Texas.

Littrell has spent the last four years at Texas Tech.

Arizona has to have the job posted for at least 10 days before making the hiring official.

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