Henson 21 wins shy of 800 for career

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico State coach Lou Henson is to discuss his coaching future during a news conference scheduled for Saturday morning.

The ailing coach is just 21 wins short of becoming the fifth Division I coach with 800 career wins.

As recently as Wednesday, Henson, who has suffered from viral encephalitis and pneumonia, said he would wait until the end of the season to decide whether to retire. He said his health would be a big factor.

Henson has yet to coach this season. The Aggies, under interim coach Tony Stubblefield, are 4-13 overall and winless (0-4) in the Sun Belt Conference.

Henson will get credit for whatever wins the Aggies get this season and his career record currently stands at 779-412.

The 73-year-old was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer, in the summer of 2003. The cancer is now in remission, but in September he was hospitalized with viral encephalitis, a disease that left him partially paralyzed.

Henson, who is in a wheelchair, planned to return Jan. 8 but suffered another setback when he was hospitalized Jan. 6 with pneumonia.

This season Henson has been able to attend some practices and watch film of the Aggies' games.