Coach John to Sit Out Thursday's ASU Game

Jan. 17, 2005

Corvallis - Oregon State University men's basketball head coach Jay John will miss this Thursday's game against Arizona State and may miss Saturday's game against Arizona, pending the results of further medical tests.

John did not return to the sidelines after halftime of Saturday's game at Washington after he felt chest pains and a shortness of breath. He was taken to the UW Medical Center on Saturday evening and was released on Sunday afternoon.

'I am continuing to be evaluated for hypertension, a problem that has gone untreated for many years,' John said. 'Hopefully, my condition and return to the court will be clarified by the end of the week. Though I will not be actively coaching at this time, I will continue to be in close contact with my assistant coaches and my team. I look forward to being back on the court leading the Beavers as soon as my doctors give me full clearance. My family and I would like to thank all of our friends and all of the OSU fans for their tremendous support, good wishes and prayers.'

Hypertension is essentially a condition that involves high blood pressure. Doctors are recommending that John rest because the medication that he has been given needs time to stabilize his blood pressure. At the end of this week, it is hoped that doctors will make a decision on when John can resume coaching.

In John's absence, third-year assistant coach Kevin Mouton will take the lead coaching role.

The Beavers (10-6 overall, 2-3 Pac-10) host Arizona State on Thursday (Jan. 20) at 5:30 p.m. and Arizona on Saturday (Jan. 22) at 5 p.m.

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