Hall of Fame Ex-Louisville Coach Denny Crum Hospitalized After Stroke

Megan ArmstrongCorrespondent IIMay 21, 2019

Holding his trademark rolled up program, former Louisville basketball coach Denny Crum takes the floor for a ceremony naming the court in his honor Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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Former Louisville basketball coach Denny Crum is recovering from a recent stroke in a local hospital, according to Denny Crum Scholarship Foundation principle fundraiser Jonathan Israel.  

"Hall of Fame basketball coach Denny Crum suffered a stroke this past week and is now recovering in a local hospital," Israel tweeted Tuesday night. "Coach Crum and his family appreciates the thoughts, prayers and also their privacy while he is recovering. No other statements."

The 82-year-old also suffered a stroke in August 2017 while fishing in Alaska and recovered at a local hospital.

Crum's coaching career spanned three decades as he served as head coach for the Louisville Cardinals' men's basketball program from 1971 through 2001. During his tenure, he tallied a 675-295 overall record that included national championships in 1980 and 1986. 

Prior to coaching, the California native played two seasons at UCLA as a guard. 

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

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