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UPDATE: Providence coach Ed Cooley leaves game against Xavier; transported to local hospital

The Friars' coach was reportedly experiencing "breathing issues"

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

FINAL UPDATE (2/9 2:33 p.m. ET): Cooley released a statement on Monday afternoon saying he was suffering from "exhaustion and dehydration" when he left the game Saturday, and will be back behind the bench on Wednesday when the Friars take on the Villanova Wildcats. The full statement can be found HERE.

UPDATE (2/7, 4:50 p.m. ET): Per Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal, Cooley did not travel home with the team and will remain hospitalized in Cincinnati overnight. In that report, Providence spokesperson Arthur Parks told McNamara that an update on Cooley's condition will be given some time on Sunday. Earlier reports indicated that Cooley was dealing a stomach ailment to go along with the previously reported "breathing issues".

UPDATE (2/7 9 p.m. ET): Per Jeff Goodman, Cooley is "doing very well". Definitely a good sign for the coach.

Original Post: Providence head coach Ed Cooley left the sidelines for the locker room early in the second half of Saturday's game against Xavier. It was then reported by Providence Journal reporter Kevin McNamara that Cooley was headed to a local hospital.

Then, on the halftime show during the Villanova/Georgetown game. FOX reported Cooley was experiencing "breathing issues".

We will continue to update this story as more information comes out. We certainly would like to extend our best wishes to Ed Cooley and the entire Providence family.