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WVU, coaching standout Willie Akers hospitalized

Feb. 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- A family member says West Virginia high school coaching legend Willie Akers has been hospitalized after a fall.

Akers' son, Chad, said his father was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center for treatment of a fractured vertebrae and broken nose. A hospital operator said he was under evaluation Wednesday evening.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports the 75-year-old Akers stumbled on the basketball court at the Charleston Civic Center.

Akers was a teammate of Jerry West's at West Virginia University from 1958-60. Akers later coached the Logan High School boys basketball team to four Class AAA state championships.

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