Samford basketball: Tillette released from hospital; will return to coaching duties Sunday

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- Samford head basketball coach Jimmy Tillette was released from UAB Hospital Tuesday afternoon and has been advised to rest at home. The Bulldogs' all-time winningest coach received good news from the medical staff Tuesday when all initial test results came back negative.

Due to the positive prognosis, Tillette has been cleared to return to his coaching duties Sunday and is expected to accompany the team on next week's road trip to Charleston, S.C. Samford associate head coach Paul Kelly will continue leading the Bulldogs this week in their home games against Appalachian State and Western Carolina.

Samford (9-11, 3-5 Southern Conference) will host Appalachian State (11-8, 5-3 SoCon) at the Pete Hanna Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. (CST) and Western Carolina (16-4, 6-2 SoCon) on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Tillette is recovering nicely from an isolated seizure that he suffered during the Bulldogs' 70-67 victory at UNC Greensboro on Saturday. He collapsed approximately 10 minutes into the second half and was immediately rushed to Moses Cone Hospital where he remained overnight in stable condition. He was later transferred back home to UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

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 204-172 overall record and an impressive 134-92 mark against conference opponents. He piloted the Bulldogs to NCAA Tournament appearances in both 1999 and 2000.