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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Morning Coffee: Fresno State DC has surgery

Posted by's Graham Watson

Fresno State defensive coordinator Dan Brown underwent surgery Monday in San Francisco to remove the last of a brain tumor which was discovered last year.

Last summer, Brown was diagnosed with a malignant, Grade 4 tumor, which is lethal in most cases. He went through an experimental treatment, which included chemotherapy and radiation.

Five days after his surgery, Brown took in a Fresno State scrimmage from the press box. He was back for the season opener against Sacramento State on Sept. 1, sitting in the coaches box, calling plays. In all, Brown missed just one game before coaching the rest of the season.

Fresno State coach Pat Hill told the Fresno Bee that the surgery was less intense than last year's procedure in which doctors removed 80-to-90 percent of the tumor.

Hill said Brown would continue to coach as he did last season.

"It's going to be a lot like last year, but this surgery wasn't nearly as intrusive as the last one," Hill said. "He'll coach again this year. So Dan will be back.

"The doctors said it all went really well. He's already up and talking."

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