Coaches offer help to Charlie Spoonhour

Former college coach Charlie Spoonhour has been placed on the waiting list for a transplant by doctors at Duke Medical Center who diagnosed him with a lung disease, and members of the college coaching community were among those assisting in him getting the help he needs.

Missouri Valley Conference associate commissioner Jack Watkins told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, a friend of Spoonhour's, called Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski for help regarding getting Spoonhour to Duke's renowned lung transplant program.

Spoonhour, who coached at Missouri State, Saint Louis and UNLV, has been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which is a scarring or thickening of the lungs without a known cause.

Spoonhour's wife told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that she remains optimistic during this uncertain time.

"All the things that are supposed to cause it, he's never done, such as smoking," Vicki Spoonhour said. "It's strange. It just came on suddenly."