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Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey Suffering from Bell’s palsy

Brett Deering, Getty Images
Brett Deering, Getty Images

Baylor Women’s basketball head coach Kim Mulkey has been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, a form of facial paralysis she says won’t change her approach going into the NCAA Final Four.

Mulkey said Thursday that her tongue started feeling strange at the NCAA regional last weekend. Before practice Wednesday, she noticed only the left side of her mouth was working when she smiled, her right eye was drooping and she couldn’t hear properly out of her right ear.

Trainer Alex Olson says Mulkey is being treated with anti-viral medication and oral steroids to reduce the inflammation of the facial nerve that causes the problem.

Baylor plays Stanford on Sunday at 7:30 CT in the NCAA tournament semifinals.

Connecticut and Norte Dame will play Sunday at 5:30 in the other tournament semifinal match-up.

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