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Former SEC Football Coach Says His Cancer Has Returned

A general view of Missouri's football field.

COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 19: A general view of Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium during the game between the Florida Gators and the Missouri Tigers on October 19, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Former Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel stepped away from the program in 2015 a couple of months after getting diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Pinkel, 67, announced on Sunday that his cancer has returned.

The former Tigers head coach told KMIZ-TV on Sunday that he is back getting treatment after being in remission.

"I'm doing good. I had to get treatment again for the first time in four years. My cancer came out of remission, and so I had treatment last month. I'm doing fine," Pinkel said on Sunday. "With my type of lymphoma, you'll never be healed. But that's kind of why I retired when I did -- I just wanted to not go back and regret working 85 hours a week, 35 weeks out of the year when I could be doing other things with my family and my eight grandkids."

Pinkel was Missouri's head coach from 2001 to 2015, leading the Tigers to three Big 12 divisional titles and two SEC divisional titles.

The former Tigers head coach is taking a positive approach to his latest battle.

"You keep battling it. I'm going to battle it," Pinkel said. "I've got a very positive approach to it, and I'm around a lot of good people that are helping me. There's a lot of people out there with a lot worse cancers than Gary Pinkel has, and so prayers to all of them."

Our thoughts are with Gary and his family.