ESPN source says that Lute Olson will resign

A source told Dick Vitale that Arizona coach Lute Olson plans to resign…soon.

Arizona’s Lute Olson is stepping down as the school’s men’s basketball coach, a source has told ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale.

Associate coach Mike Dunlap will take over the head coaching duties on an interim basis, the source told Vitale. The timing of Olson’s announcement is uncertain, Vitale reported later Thursday. Vitale reports that the move is imminent.

Arizona spokesperson Tom Duddleston said Thursday morning that Olson hasn’t informed the administration that he is resigning. Duddleston said he went to his superiors and was told, “no way,” in response to the report.

“We’re not making any announcement to that effect,” Duddleston said. “At this moment there is nothing going on.”

Olson returned to the Arizona program after taking a year-long leave of absence, which the school said was not taken for health reasons.

This is big news if it’s true. I wonder if Brandon Jennings’ decision to play in Europe has anything to do with it.

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