Social Reaction: Remembering Iconic Lute Olson

Arizona Sports News online

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The state of Arizona and college basketball lost a legend Thursday night with the passing of former University of Arizona head basketball coach Lute Olson.

He was 85.

The Hall of Famer won 741 career games, including a National Championship in 1997 at Arizona. That team is still the only one in history to beat three one-seeds on their way to the title.

Olson, who spent 24 years at UofA, is one of five head coaches to win 20 games in 20 consecutive seasons.

Dozens of former players, coaches, media members and fans took to social media to honor “Cool Hand Lute.”