Samford basketball: Tillette remains in stable condition; transferred to UAB hospital

GREENVILLE, S.C. --- Samford head coach Jimmy Tillette was transferred from Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, N.C., to UAB Hospital in downtown Birmingham Sunday afternoon via Air Medical Services. He remains in stable condition and was awake and responsive all day.

The transfer occurred in order to move Tillette closer to home. As a precautionary measure, he will remain at UAB Hospital for further tests and observations.

Associate head coach Paul Kelly will assume the head coaching duties until Tillette is cleared to return to the sideline. Samford (9-10, 3-4 Southern Conference) will be in action Monday night as the Bulldogs conclude a three-game road trip at Furman (9-10, 3-5 SoCon).

Tillette suffered a seizure during the Bulldogs' 70-67 victory at UNC Greensboro on Saturday. He collapsed approximately 10 minutes into the second half of play and was immediately rushed to Moses Cone Hospital where he remained overnight. Upon his arrival at Moses Cone, Tillette was checked by emergency room staff and listed as stable.

Tillette is Samford's all-time winningest coach and became the first coach in school history to reach the 200-win plateau earlier this season. On Dec. 22, he reached the historical milestone as the Bulldogs defeated Eastern Michigan on the road 58-56.

In his 13th season as head coach at Samford, Tillette owns a 204-171 overall record and an impressive 134-91 mark against conference opponents. He piloted the Bulldogs to NCAA Tournament appearances in both 1999 and 2000.