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Former U of L Coach Denny Crum Hospitalized In Alaska


Former University of Louisville basketball coach Denny Crum is said to be doing well and undergoing tests at a medical center in Alaska after suffering what doctors suspect was a mild stroke Wednesday.

Crum’s wife, WFPL host Susan Sweeney Crum, says the 80-year-old Hall of Fame coach became ill while fishing. He was airlifted to Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

Susan Crum says her husband’s condition has improved and he could be released from the hospital as early as this weekend.

Denny Crum retired from coaching in 2001 after a 30-year career at U of L that included two national championships.

Crum stayed active at the university as a fundraiser and still manages a scholarship foundation that bears his name. For a decade, he co-hosted a radio show with former Kentucky basketball coach, Joe B. Hall.

Crum was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994.

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.

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