USF’s Jose Fernandez Says “100 Percent” He’ll Coach Sunday Against UConn

by Categorized: Jose Fernandez, South Florida women's basketball, UConn women's basketball Date:

 We told you earlier that South Florida coach Jose Fernandez hasn’t been feeling well for the last few weeks. He’s been dealing with a number of issues relating to diverticulitis that has resulted in his hospitalization.

I just spoke to him and he said he feeling’s better and is “100 percent” certain he will coach Sunday’s game against UConn in Tampa. And that is very good news for all those who have come to know and respect him over the years.

“After my game on January 29, I saw our team doctor,” Fernandez said. “I had some pain in my abdominal region; they thought I was having appendix issues.  After going through tests it was determined that I had another bout of diverticulitis and also the area where I had a hernia removed this past May was inflamed. I was admitted into the hospital and stayed there until Friday night. I should not have gone home, but I was trying to make the trip to Louisville which I did not.

  “So, I was taking oral antibiotics, pain medication at home and resting that Monday to Tuesday. I flew up day of game to Memphis ran shoot around and coached the game. Then, I returned back to Tampa and I was worn down a bit and tired. I took Thursday off and just watched practice. I ran practice Friday and coached the Central Florida game. After the game I saw our team doctor again and told her I was not feeling like myself.

 “Turns out, my feet, hands, mouth, throat swelled up. My tongue on Sunday morning was enlarged and I was having trouble breathing and swallowing. So, I had some kind of allergic reaction due to the medications I was taking and also my body couldn’t fight it. So I’ve been here since Sunday and doing very well and looks like I will be out of here in the morning {Friday}.

 “They have run so many tests it’s been unbelievable. The doctors want to make sure I respond to the oral medication the same way that I’ve done through the IV and tapered down the dosages of steroids and allergy medicines.”

The Courant is using Facebook comments on stories. To comment on courant.com articles, sign into Facebook and enter your comment in the field below. Comments will appear in your Facebook News Feed unless you choose otherwise. To report spam or abuse, click the X next to the comment. For guidelines on commenting, click here.