Bud Elliott, who retired after last season after 11 years as Eastern New Mexico University’s football coach, is in Lubbock Heart Hospital after breaking his shinbone in a fall at home.
ENMU football coach Mark Ribaudo said after Saturday’s game at Southwestern Oklahoma that the 73-year-old Elliott had been on a respirator after having a problem with low blood pressure. His condition is serious, but he said Elliott’s health appears to have improved over the past couple of days.
“He’s doing a lot better; I talked to him this morning,” Ribaudo said. “A couple of nights ago his blood pressure got really low.”
Family friend Pat Watson, a retired ENMU instructor, said doctors drained 15 ounces of fluid off Elliott’s lung, but added that he was still having problems breathing.