Friday, August 1, 2008
Army coach Brock had treatment Tuesday for prostate cancer
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Army football coach Stan Brock watched his team's opening practice from a golf cart Friday after having follow-up treatment for prostate cancer.
Brock, 50, said in a statement that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer during a routine physical in July and underwent successful surgery Tuesday.
He met with players Friday before going for follow-up treatment, then returned to watch practice.
"Fortunately, it appears the doctors were able to diagnose things early and they expect me to enjoy a complete recovery," Brock said in a statement. "I am excited to return to coach the team during preseason camp and expect to be back out on the practice field next week."
Army went 3-9 in Brock's first season in 2007, including a 39-3 loss to archrival Navy in the season finale, for its 11th straight losing season.
Brock had never been a head coach at college's top level until he was tabbed to succeed Bobby Ross. He took over a team that lost its final six games under Ross, including an embarrassing 43-7 loss to Air Force at Michie Stadium in the final home game of 2006.
Ross had come out of retirement to coach a team that became the first in NCAA history to finish a season 0-13 in 2003.
Brock, who played 16 years in the NFL, spent five years as a head coach in the Arena Football League and was an assistant under Ross for three years.