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Charlotte 49ers basketball coach Major takes medical leave of absence

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Charlotte 49ers’ men’s basketball coach Alan Major

Charlotte 49ers’ men’s basketball coach Alan Major is taking a medical leave of absence to have procedures performed on his heart and eyes, the school announced Friday.

Major, 45, is expected to return to coaching by the start of school this fall, a school spokesman said.

“My family has a history of heart and eye issues, and I plan to have procedures done over the next couple of months to address them,” Major said in a statement. “I want to thank (athletics director) Judy (Rose) and her staff, my coaching staff and our players for their support and love during this process. I’m looking forward to getting back to the game.”

Ryan Odom, recently named the 49ers’ associate head coach, will run the program’s day-to-day operations in Major’s absence.

“We are all wishing Alan a speedy recovery,” Rose said. “There is never an easy or good time for a coach to be away from his team, so this has been a very difficult decision for Alan. Quite honestly, he put his personal health on hold for the entire season.”

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