Central Michigan coach John Bonamego fighting tonsil cancer

Central Michigan head football coach John Bonamego has a treatable form of cancer in his left tonsil. Kevin McGuire of NBC Sports’ College Football Talk reported the story.

Bonamego addressed his diagnosis in a statement released by the university, and seemed highly optimistic.

“This morning I met with our student-athletes and coaches to let them know I have been diagnosed with cancer in my left tonsil,” Bonamego said in a statement released Thursday morning by Central Michigan. “As I told our team, I WILL beat this. It was discovered early and is very treatable.”

Bonamego will also continue to coach as he receives treatment, but will adjust his schedule accordingly. This is his first season with the Chippewas, as he spent the past 16 years working in the NFL as a special teams coordinator for a number of different teams, most recently the Detroit Lions. He replaced Dan Enos in Mt. Pleasant, after Enos went 26-36 (18-22 MAC) in five seasons before resigning to become Bret Bielema’s offensive coordinator at Arkansas.

Campus Sports wishes Bonamego a speedy recovery and good luck in his first season at Central Michigan. The Chippewas open the 2015 season at home against Oklahoma State on September 3.

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