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Ex-A&M coach Slocum has Hodgkin’s lymphoma

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Former Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum has been diagnosed with a form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the school announced Tuesday.

Slocum, 76, was 123-47-2 in 14 seasons as the Aggies’ head coach from 1989-2002. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and is currently serving as a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee. His .812 winning percentage (68-15-2) in Southwest Conference games was the best in the conference’s history.

The school said Slocum will undergo chemotherapy in College Station, Texas, where he still lives.

Slocum posted on Facebook over the weekend that he was undergoing tests at M.D. Anderson in Houston.

“I have been so encouraged by the outpouring of love, prayers and support from friends everywhere,” Slocum said in a statement. “I have great medical support and will get started on this challenge as soon as possible. I have a strong faith and will trust for a positive outcome.”

Slocum, the winningest coach in Texas A&M history, is a fixture in College Station. He joined the Aggies as an assistant in 1972 and never left, other than one year as defensive coordinator at USC in 1981 before returning as defensive coordinator under Jackie Sherrill in 1982 and being elevated to head coach in 1989. Slocum again returned to duty as the Aggies’ interim athletic director in 2019 following the departure of Scott Woodward for LSU until Texas A&M hired Ross Bjork from Ole Miss.


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