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BYU assistant takes leave of absence

BYU assistant football coach Barry Lamb announced Monday that he is taking a indefinite leave of absence for health-related reasons.

The leave is immediate. Lamb, who coaches outside linebackers and special teams, will not participate in BYU’s spring football, which begins March 15.

“Barry is a valued member of our staff and a fiercely loyal and true friend,” BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. “I fully support Barry taking this leave to take care of important personal priorities.”

Lamb has been on Mendehall’s staff the past five seasons and has spent 16 total seasons with the Cougars after joining LaVell Edwards’ staff in 1994.

Defensive graduate assistant Nick Howell will coach in Lamb’s absence.