Former Missouri State, Saint Louis University coach Charlie Spoonhour awaiting lung transplant

Charlie Spoonhour, the popular basketball coach known for his homespun humor and success on the court, is on the waiting list for a lung transplant.

Spoonhour's son, Jay Spoonhour, told the Springfield News-Leader on Tuesday that his 71-year-old father began coughing and feeling ill about a month ago. Doctors at Duke Medical Center diagnosed him with a lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which requires a transplant.

Spoonhour will remain in Durham, N.C., until a match is found and the transplant is completed.

Spoonhour had a 197-81 record in nine seasons at Missouri State, a 122-90 record in seven seasons at Saint Louis University, and a 54-31 record in three seasons at UNLV.