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Former Arizona Head Coach Dick Tomey Diagnosed With Lung Cancer

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A longtime college football coach has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Former Hawaii and Arizona head coach Dick Tomey was diagnosed with lung cancer, Arizona confirmed in a statement.

Tomey, 80, is undergoing treatment at a Texas hospital following his diagnosis. The Tomey family released a statement on the news.

"Coach Dick Tomey was recently diagnosed with a type of lung cancer at Tucson Medical Center and is currently undergoing further tests this week at MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

We (Coach and his family) greatly appreciate all the people who have reached out to help in so many ways and all the expressions of love and well-wishes being sent our way from so many people. Following Coach Tomey’s example, our family is feeling very grateful and hopeful for a positive outcome."

Not long after the family broke the news, love and support from the Arizona community came raining in for Tomey.

Tomey coached at Hawaii for 10 seasons, compiling a record of 63-46-3 before he landed at Arizona. He led the Wildcats to a 12-1 record in 1998 and Arizona finished the season as the No. 4 team in the country.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Tomey as he undergoes treatment.