There is some sad news to pass along in the college football world, as former Colorado Buffaloes head coach Bill McCartney announced he has been diagnosed with late-onset Dementia/Alzheimer’s.
The family issued a statement to the media on Monday morning.
“We would like to share the news that our father, Coach Bill McCartney has been diagnosed with late-onset Dementia/Alzheimer’s. We (his family) have been noticing memory issues for the past few years and he was recently diagnosed. He is receiving treatment and we are hoping this slows the progression of the disease. He is still the same Coach Mac – biking, golfing, supporting the Buffs and being an active member of his Church,” the statement read.
“We are making this public to ask for your understanding and patience as we know he frequently runs into fans, friends and former players. This is a frustrating and confusing disease, and if he appears disconnected or unkowning, please don’t take it personally.
“Please keep Coach mac in your thoughts and prayers as we navigate through this difficult time.”
McCartney coached for Colorado from 1984-1992.
During his lengthy career, McCartney amassed a head coaching record of 93–55–5, which included one national championship and three Big Eight titles.
McCartney is also a three-time Big Eight Coach of the Year, AFCA Coach of the Year, Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award and Paul “Bear” Bryant Award winner. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
We would like to wish McCartney and his family all of the best during this difficult time.