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Former Memphis coach hospitalized

Posted on: October 5, 2010 4:05 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 4:35 pm
 
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Former University of Memphis coach Larry Finch has been battling "flu-like symptoms" since the weekend and is in the critical care unit at Saint Francis Hospital, a source close to the family told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

A separate source confirmed the news and described the situation as "very serious."

"He's not doing well," that source said. "People should be praying for him. It's not good."

Finch, 59, led Memphis to the title game of the 1973 NCAA tournament as a player and coached the Tigers from 1986 to 1997. He has suffered a heart attack and multiple strokes over the past decade. Complications from diabetes led to both of his legs being amputated in recent years.

Finch's No. 21 is one of just eight numbers retired at Memphis.

The Tigers' practice facility is called the Larry O. Finch Center in his honor.
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Comments

Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2010 12:04 am
 

Former Memphis coach hospitalized

Get Better Coach.  They don't make them like him anymore. 



Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2010 12:42 pm
 

Former Memphis coach hospitalized

Loved watching him play and admired him as a coach. Wish he'd taken better care of himself. Here's hoping he recovers completely and gets his health in order as much as possible.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2010 10:18 am
 

Former Memphis coach hospitalized

Horrible news. Larry truly is a Memphis legend.

I was completely unaware of the health setbacks he has suffered over the years, as well as how devastating they have been.
Hopefully, everyone can include him in their prayers.



Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2010 8:22 pm
 

Former Memphis coach hospitalized

Get better Coach!  You are the best.



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2010 6:16 pm
 

Former Memphis coach hospitalized

Hang in there, Coach. Hell of a player and a coach. Prayers go out to his family.



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2010 5:49 pm
 

Former Memphis coach hospitalized

Our thoughts are with you coach! You have meant so much to the city of Memphis. Not just as a player and coach, but as a person and a fine community leader. Memphis is proud to call you one of her own!



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2010 5:15 pm
 

Former Memphis coach hospitalized

Sad - Get well Coach



Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2010 4:49 pm
 

Former Memphis coach hospitalized

Terrible news. Memphis legend.



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2010 4:42 pm
 

Former Memphis coach hospitalized

Get well coach! You are Tiger basketball.


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