Henson to miss Chicago tribute

Henson to miss Chicago tribute

URBANA — A stint in the hospital will prevent Lou Henson from attending Saturday's college basketball game between Illinois and New Mexico State in Chicago.

The winningest coach at both schools, Henson was scheduled to be honored prior to and during Saturday's 7 p.m. game at the United Center.

He will remain in Champaign and said he'd watch the game on television.

After appearing at Monday's Rebounders luncheon in Champaign and at Tuesday's news conference and Illini basketball practice at State Farm Center, Henson became ill and was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital on Thursday.

On Friday, Henson visited with family and friends at the hospital, where he was being treated for a lung infection.

More than 100 of Henson's former players at Illinois and New Mexico State have said they would attend a 4 p.m. Saturday tribute to the Hall of Fame coach.






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jparks wrote on December 15, 2017 at 10:12 pm

Has anyone ever explained why Lou Henson was left off of the first class of inductees into the University Of Illinois Sports Hall of Fame?  Given the fact that he has a basketball court named after him it seems a foregone conclusion that he would be an inductee.  Didn't the fact that he is soon to be 86 years old and in questionable health make any difference in your decision making?

I feel confident that the decendents of Harry Gill, who began his track and field coaching career in 1904, would understand if coach Henson had taken his place the first year.

Shameful and incompetent.

GLG wrote on December 16, 2017 at 9:12 am

I agree! Best wishes to Lou and a speedy recovery.