UNC coach Butch Davis undergoing chemo

Posted: March 21, 2007

University of North Carolina football coach Butch Davis is undergoing chemotherapy after a dentist removed a cancerous growth from his mouth.

"I know people are going to be concerned and everything, but it's going to be OK," Davis said yesterday. "We're going to get through this and we're going to have a great season next fall."

The 55-year-old coach said he wasn't even aware he had a growth when he saw his dentist late last month in Cleveland for a routine cleaning. After the growth was removed, a biopsy diagnosed it as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Subsequent exams found no evidence that the cancer has spread, but Davis said he is undergoing chemotherapy as a precaution. He had his first 2-hour session last week, and will have between three and six more at UNC Hospitals at Chapel Hill, at 2-week intervals.

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system and can occur most places in the body. The two main kinds are Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

In other college football news:

* The Big South Conference added Stony Brook as a football-only member, giving the league seven schools, enough for an eventual automatic bid to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. Stony Brook, located in New York, will join the league in 2008, the same year Presbyterian enters in all sports as it moves from Division II.

Sport Stops

* America's Laura Wilkinson, the defending world champion, advanced into the final 18 in the 10-meter platform at the world diving championships in Melbourne, Australia. Wilkinson rallied after a poor second dive put her in danger of being eliminated from the competition. She finished 16th, qualifying for today's semifinals.

* Pakistan cricket chief Naseem Ashraf and the country's three-member selection committee submitted resignations following their team's shocking early exit from the World Cup. Meanwhile, government authorities still were trying to determine what killed Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer after a preliminary autopsy was inconclusive. Officials were awaiting a more comprehensive report from doctors on Woolmer, who was found dead in his hotel room Sunday hours after Pakistan was upset by Ireland.

* The World Anti-Doping Agency said it wants to keep the Operation Puerto doping case open. WADA said it has asked for access to the case file of the Spanish investigation, which was dropped by a judge last week without any charges. The probe started last May when sports physician Eufemiano Fuentes, coach Manolo Saiz and six other suspects were arrested in Madrid on suspicion of providing doping services to cyclists. The investigation implicated more than 50 cyclists.

Philly File

* George Washington's Ron Cohen and Strath Haven's Kevin Clancy (previously Archbishop Carroll) will be inducted into the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame June 15 in Hershey as part of the Big 33 all-star game weekend.

* Two Frankford High football stars, halfback Calvin Spires (Shippensburg) and quarterback Andreas Hudson (Vermilion Junior College, in Minnesota), have made college commitments.

* Tariek Belcher and Daziah Miller, who helped lead Harcum (30-3) to the NJCAA Division II Northeast U.S. District basketball title game, have committed to play at Shippensburg. *

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