TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Former University of Arizona head football coach Dick Tomey is being treated for cancer in Texas, the university’s athletic department confirmed.
According to a statement from the family, Tomey was diagnosed with lung cancer at Tucson Medical Center and is undergoing further tests in Houston.
The statement, as well as one from the university, is below:
Tomey Family Statement:
"Coach Dick Tomey was recently diagnosed with a type of lung cancer at Tucson Medical Center and is currently undergoing further tests this week at MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston, Texas. We (Coach and his family) greatly appreciate all the people who have reached out to help in so many ways and all the expressions of love and well-wishes being sent our way from so many people. Following Coach Tomey’s example, our family is feeling very grateful and hopeful for a positive outcome."
Statement from Arizona Athletics:
“It saddens us to confirm Coach Tomey is undergoing treatment for a cancerous tumor. Coach Tomey is an iconic figure not only in our football family, but also the University of Arizona and Tucson community. Our thoughts are with Coach Tomey, his family and loved ones, and we wish them all the very best during this difficult time.”
Tomey led the Wildcats to seven bowl appearances as head coach from 1987 to 2000. He also coached at Hawaii and San Jose State University.