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What does future hold for Culhane?

November 19, 2010 - Per Peterson
I’ve known Terry Culhane for about two decades, mostly through covering his teams when he coached at Tracy-Milroy, and if there’s one thing I learned about him it’s that he doesn’t like the spotlight (even though his teams are so good they usually put him under one). But for now, after what happened early Friday morning, he’s got a lot of the attention around SMSU during this year’s Central Region Tournament. Culhane suffered a heart attack Friday morning, just hours after his team defeated Colorado School of Mines in the first round of the tournament. Everyone who knows him, who has played for him or coached against him — that includes players and coaches at the tournament — is thinking about him, praying for him and his family. He’s got their attention even though he might not want it. Of course, having a heart attack is not the best way to get people’s attention, but Culhane is an iconic coach, arguably the best the state has ever seen, so when something unforeseen like this happens, people are going to notice. Given the developments of what has transpired with Culhane’s health, the question has to be asked: Will this be his last year at the helm at SMSU? He’s in the final year of a four-year contract at SMSU and any health concerns he had before Friday will only be heightened. No one wants to see Culhane’s coaching career come to an end, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him step down after the season, and it’s not like he would be leaving the cupboard bare for his replacement —?there are only two seniors on this year’s team. All of this year’s key players will be back next season. Scary. Whenever Culhane chooses to step down, we do know this: He has earned the right to do so on his own terms.


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