It is getting very ugly out in Tuscon:Allegations that Lute Olson improperly transferred all the money from a financial account he shared with his estranged wife, combined with a dispute over a prenuptial agreement, potentially could turn the Arizona basketball coach's divorce into a nasty battle.
Olson, who took a leave of absence this past season, last week was ordered to appear May 7 before Judge Sarah Simmons of Pima County Superior Court after he allegedly transferred the couple's money into his personal account, according to court records.
The transfer of funds from a Charles Schwab account came to light earlier this month, court records say, although Olson is accused of moving the money Dec. 7, a day after he filed for divorce from Christine Olson and the same day he asked the a University of Arizona for an indefinite leave of absence.
The amount of the money was not disclosed, and the transfer apparently occurred because payments from apparel-giant Nike were being made to the joint account, court records show.
Olson, 73, received $500,000 from Nike in 2006-07, the most recent figure available, as part of the $714,000 in outside income he receives, according to the University of Arizona. The school also pays him a base salary of nearly $738,000.
Kathleen McCarthy, an attorney for Christine Olson, wrote in a court pleading that the coach's "conduct was obviously intentional, it is outrageous and his actions put him in contempt of court."
McCarthy wrote that a preliminary injunction barred each side from transferring any "joint, common or community property."
Calls to the coach, who was recruiting, and to his attorney were not returned.
That is not the only cluste*(&^%$ Arizona program dealing with. They are also trying to work through the mess of O'Neil's contract.
I feel bad for Lute's personal life, but I don't feel sorry for Zona's basketball program.