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Announcer McGuire ailing

Al McGuire, the former Marquette basketball coach who retired as a CBS broadcaster earlier this year, is living in a hospice-like facility and being treated for an unspecified illness, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday.

He was transferred to the facility a few days after entering a hospital July 27.

McGuire, who turned 72 on Thursday, retired from CBS-TV as a college basketball broadcaster after calling the Wisconsin-Indiana game March 5. He said then that he was suffering from a form of anemia.

Asked why he was not more forthcoming about his condition, McGuire said, "If I cry, everybody will cry."

His wife, Pat, said he has been getting blood transfusions.

"Al's anemic, so things hang around a little bit longer," she said. "So, he's had a little infection there. But, you know, he gets up and goes out. He's not at home. This works better. They give him some intravenous stuff, and the nurses check his blood and everything. So that's better than every day running someplace and having people in and out of here constantly. So it's better that they do this with him."

McGuire said in March that his condition had been diagnosed in February 1999.

"I don't want to get into it," he said then. Asked if his condition was life-threatening, McGuire said: "I don't think at the present time. I think I'll be around for quite a while, I hope."

CBS announced his retirement while introducing the NCAA basketball broadcast teams.

Dick Enberg, who worked with McGuire and Billy Packer at NBC, said McGuire cried March 4 when he told Enberg he wouldn't be able to handle NCAA Tournament duty.

McGuire retired from coaching after Marquette won the national championship in 1977.

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_ Compiled from Times wires.

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