Saturday , Jan , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Report: Henson to retire due to illness

Bristol, CT (Sports Network) – New Mexico State men’s basketball coach Lou
Henson will reportedly announce his retirement on Saturday, citing poor
health as the reason.

The 73-year-old Henson, though, could return for a game or two at the end of
the season if his health permits, according to ESPN.

Henson, who is 21 wins shy of 800 for his career, has been battling health
problems for the past year. In the summer of 2003, he was diagnosed with non-
Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer. The cancer is in remission and he
coached last season while seeking treatment.

However, in September, Henson contracted viral encephalitis and was left
partially paralyzed. He was planning on coming back to coaching in early
January from a wheelchair, but was hospitalized two days before a January 8
game against North Texas with pneumonia.

Henson, 779-412, will get the credit for any wins this season. The Aggies are
4-13 overall, including 0-4 in the Sun Belt Conference.

Interim head coach Tony Stubblefield will remain in charge of the team.