Some sad news to report from our friends down I-64. Legendary Louisville coach Denny Crum has been hospitalized in Alaska after suffering a mild stroke yesterday.
Crum’s wife, WFPL host Susan Sweeny Crum, said the 80-year-old coach became ill while fishing and was airlifted to Providence Hospital in Anchorage. Thankfully, Crum is said to be doing well and could be released from the hospital as early as this weekend.
Crum was the coach at Louisville from 1971-2001, leading the Cards to two national championships and six Final Fours. Even though he coached Kentucky’s arch rival, Crum is a lovable and well-respected figure all across the Bluegrass, and hosted a radio show with former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall for a decade. It takes a mighty big man to bridge the gap between two bitter rivals, but somehow, Crum did it, and with class. I know I’m not alone when I wish him a full and speedy recovery.