Charlie Spoonhour needs transplant

Updated: August 4, 2010, 10:36 AM ET
Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Charlie Spoonhour, the popular former men's basketball coach known for his homespun humor and success on the court, is on the waiting list for a lung transplant.

Spoonhour's son, Jay Spoonhour, told the Springfield News-Leader on Tuesday that his 71-year-old father began coughing and feeling ill about a month ago.

Doctors at Duke Medical Center diagnosed a lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which requires a transplant.

Spoonhour will remain in Durham, N.C., until a match is found and the transplant is completed.

Spoonhour had a 197-81 record in nine seasons at Missouri State, a 122-90 record in seven seasons at Saint Louis University, and a 54-31 record in three seasons at UNLV.


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