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USF coach Jose Fernandez back in hospital



USF women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez was re-admitted to a local hospital Sunday, roughly a week after spending two nights there while battling a recurrence of diverticulitis.

According to a school release issued Monday afternoon, Fernandez, who coached the Bulls to an 89-54 rout of UCF on Saturday, was re-admitted Sunday morning after waking up with a delayed allergic reaction to prescribed medication.

He remained in the hospital's PCU (progressive care unit) as of Monday. The exact cause of his reaction hasn't been determined and his release date hasn't been set, according to the school.

The Bulls are off until Sunday's home game against No. 1-ranked Connecticut.

Fernandez, 42, missed the Bulls' Feb. 2 loss at Louisville when he again was stricken with diverticulitis, a painful inflammation in the wall of the large intestine. The condition caused him to miss the 2009-10 season opener.

During this recent flare-up, the area in which he had a hernia removed last spring also had become inflamed, Fernandez told the Tampa Bay Times last week. As a result, he also suffered nausea as well as mouth and throat infections.

He flew to Memphis last Wednesday in time to coach the Bulls' 71-58 against the Tigers that evening, and appeared fine physically -- albeit mildly pale -- during USF's victory Saturday.

[Last modified: Monday, February 10, 2014 2:25pm]


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