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Former LSU coach to leave intensive care unit

3/7/2005 - LSU Tigers

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.