Detroit's Watson Taking Medical Leave

By Josh Herwitt - January 07, 2008

Arizona's Lute Olson and San Francisco's Jessie Evans aren't the only college basketball coaches who are taking the rest of this season off.

Detroit coach Perry Watson announced Monday that he will be taking an indefinite leave of absence for medical reasons but did not go into detail about the issues that he is currently facing.

In the meantime, associate head coach Kevin Mondro will now take over as interim head coach for the Titans. Watson, on the other hand, will continue to be involved in the program, assuming administrative duties and monitoring his players' academic standing.

While it's unknown whether Watson's absence will extend past this season, the 15-year coach has done wonders at the Horizon League school, taking the Titans to two NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998 and 1999 along with two trips to the NIT in 2001 and 2002. The second-winningest coach in Detroit history behind Bob Calihan, Watson has compiled a 258-185 career record but will have to wait to improve on that mark.

Mondro, instead, will get his first chance to earn a win as head coach on Thursday when Cleveland State makes a visit to Calihan Hall.

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 12:31 PM on January 07, 2008

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