Originally created 01/10/01

ASU coach recovering from surgery



Augusta State coach Gary Tuell will not coach the Jaguars tonight at UNC Pembroke.

After undergoing an emergency appendectomy Friday night, the fourth-year ASU coach was released from Doctor's Hospital on Tuesday. During his four-day stay, Tuell had post-operative bleeding and was given four units of blood and two units of platelets.

"He's still in some pain, but I think he's just glad to be home," Jaguars assistant Buck Harris said.

The blood loss was a result of Tuell's taking blood-thinning medication. Over the summer, Tuell underwent a heart catheterization which revealed that he had 50 percent blockage in his right coronary artery.

With Tuell missing his third game in a row, Harris will lead the Jaguars (8-3, 3-0 Peach Belt) into action against the Braves at 7:30 p.m. Augusta State is 2-0 with Harris at the helm, and the Jaguars are off to their best start since the 1980-81 season.

Tuell will return to the doctor Friday for a checkup and clearance to coach Saturday against PBAC North Division rival Lander at home at 7:30 p.m. Harris says he believes Tuell will coach Saturday.

"I think coach Tuell really wants to be back to coach that game because he really looks forward to playing against Lander," Harris said. "He probably would let me coach (if it were any team other than Lander). He's ready to come back. It'll take something really major for him not to be on that sideline Saturday."

Saturday's game begins a week of rivalries in which Augusta State plays host to Lander, plays host to Paine on Monday and then travels to USC Aiken on Wednesday.

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222.