Henson's return halted by illness

Friday, January 7, 2005

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico State coach Lou Henson was hospitalized Thursday with pneumonia, and he won't return to the sideline this weekend in a wheelchair as planned.

Henson, 73, stricken in September with viral encephalitis, was scheduled to coach for the first time this season Saturday night against North Texas.

"We expect him to make a full recovery, but he's obviously not coming on the bench this weekend," school spokesman Sean Johnson said Thursday.

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