Former Missouri coach Gary Pinkel stepped down from his position as the Tigers' coach last year due to his battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Now, he says his cancer is in remission.
Pinkel went on The Line Change radio show on 590 The Fan in St. Louis and said that he is in remission, although it could be a significant amount of time before he is cancer-free.
"Physically I'm fine," Pinkel said. "The type of lymphoma I have, you're always going to have it. I think it's in remission now. People have been so kind to me. I could be in remission for six months or six years, I don't know. I'm just trying to stay healthy as I can. By the way, there are a lot of people out there with cancer a lot worse than mine. When you get it, you're part of a team. We all fight and we all battle. It's neat to see the support that people have for those that have cancer all over this country. And how we're winning the war. We're winning the war with all the great things that they're doing. Hopefully one day we're going to get a hold of this thing completely and we're not going to talk about it very much anymore."
Pinkel being in good health is great news for one of college football's most well-liked and well-respected coaches in recent history.