Tommy West undergoes heart bypass surgery

University of Memphis head football coach Tommy West underwent a heart procedure at Baptist Memorial Hospital East Friday morning.

The 51-year-old West entered Baptist for previously scheduled tests and later underwent heart bypass surgery. It is anticipated that he could be released early next week to return home for recovery.

Associate Athletic Director Bob Winn said West was doing well.

"He went in for just normal tests, and they discovered this, fortunately, at this time," Wynn said. "Since he was there, they said let's get this fixed ,and took him in, and did the procedure this afternoon, and he came through it like a champ."

West's family asked that all cards and well-wishes be sent to the University of Memphis football office.