Saturday, October 05, 2002

Bearcats players pay Huggins a visit


Stokes: Coach 'looking good'

By Michael Perry, mperry@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        When the University of Cincinnati basketball players leave their locker room to take the floor before a game, they touch a sign that reads: “Find a way.” The Bearcats took that sign to Christ Hospital on Friday and gave it to coach Bob Huggins, who is recovering from a heart attack.

        “He'll bring it back when he comes back,” UC senior guard-forward Leonard Stokes said.

        The team visited Huggins for about an hour. It was the first time the players had seen their coach since he suffered a heart attack a week ago at Pittsburgh International Airport.

        “He was in good spirits,” Stokes said. “We were in there laughing and joking. He's the reason most of us came here. Just to see him up and walking around with a smile on his face ... he was looking good.”

        Huggins was upgraded to “fair” condition Friday morning, meaning his vital signs are stable and within normal limits.

        Also, according to Christ Hospital's definition of “fair”: The patient is conscious but might be uncomfortable or have minor complications. Outlook is favorable.

        Doctors are awaiting results of tests to determine the next course of action, a hospital spokesperson said.

        “He's ready to roll,” UC associate head coach Dan Peters said. “We've just got to see what the doctors say.”

       



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