Former LSU coach to leave intensive care unit

Updated: March 7, 2005, 3:13 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Former LSU women's basketball coach Sue Gunter was removed from a ventilator and is talking as she recovers from pneumonia.

"I was amazed when I walked into her room," coach Pokey Chatman said Monday. "She was sitting up, looking so much better."

Gunter, who has severe emphysema, was sedated and attached to a ventilator when she was admitted to the hospital March 1. Chatman said Gunter will be moved from the intensive care unit to a room.

Chatman went to see Gunter before LSU left for the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday. Chatman said she also called Gunter before the Georgia and Tennessee games.

Gunter sat out part of last season because of poor health and Chatman, then an assistant, led the team to the Final Four. Gunter retired last April after 40 years of coaching and 708 victories.

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