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    Lute’s wife wants reconciliation

    Lute Olson’s wife of four years, Christine Olson, has filed a petition for conciliation, requesting aid of the Conciliation Court to change her husband’s mind about divorce or reach an “”amicable settlement,”” according to court documents.

    “”She’s still in love and very worried about him and would like to have her marriage be a success,”” said Gordon James, Christine’s spokesman.

    Lute, 73, filed for divorce on Dec. 6, the same day he notified the school he would be extending his personal leave of absence from coaching to the end of the basketball season.

    Christine, 50, filed the petition in Pima County Superior Court on Friday, denying that her marriage is “”irretrievably broken,”” like Lute’s lawyer, Leonard Karp, said it was on Dec. 7.

    According to court documents, the couple may not “”file any action for annulment, dissolution of marriage or legal separation”” for 60 days from the day the petition was filed.

    “”I think it’s very common,”” James said of the 60-day grace period. “”Every state has different rules in how they do it. I think this is Arizona’s version of how it works.””

    Karp, and Christine’s lawyer, Kathleen McCarthy, could not be reached for comment.

    Michael Schwartz contributed to this report

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