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Charlotte head coach Alan Major to take another leave of absence

Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament - First Round - Charlotte v Richmond

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Head coach Alan Major of the Charlotte 49ers looks on from the bench against the Richmond Spiders during the first round of the Atlantic 10 basketball tournament at Barclays Center on March 14, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

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Charlotte head coach Alan Major will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the basketball program, the school announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Ryan Odom will act as the interim coach in his place.

“This is an extremely difficult basketball decision for me to make, but more importantly, it’s a life and health decision,” Major said in a statement released by the university today. That release did not identify what is currently ailing Major. “It will be difficult being away from the team but I’ll maintain contact with the guys on a regular basis. I have the best staff in the country and those guys are fully-prepared to take our team into battle. I look forward to attacking this recovery process and getting back to leading this program into the future.”

This isn’t the first time that health problems have forced Major to step away from the job. During the summer, he was forced to take leave due to health issues that required heart and eye surgeries.

There is no timetable for his return.

Charlotte is 6-7 on the season.

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