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The Texas A&M football team shared somber news about former coach R.C. Slocum this afternoon. A&M’s Twitter account released word that, following testing, Slocum has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and will soon undergo chemotherapy in College Station.
Following out-patient tests at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, @rcslocum been diagnosed with a form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He will require chemotherapy, and will undergo that in College Station in consultation with M.D. Anderson.
Praying for you, coach! 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/fGb0yutTE8
— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) June 22, 2021
A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Slocum coached the Aggies for 14 seasons, spanning from 1989 to 2002. The 76-year-old Slocum is the winningest coach in school history, compiling a record of 123-47-2.
Slocum released the following statement: “I have been so encouraged by the outpouring of love, prayers, and support from friends everywhere. 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.”
Owner of the highest winning percentage in Southwest Conference history (.865), Slocum has essentially been an Aggies lifer. He joined the program as an assistant coach in 1972 and stayed with the program until 1981 when he left for USC. He returned to College Station a year later as defensive coordinator and got the bump to head coach in 1989. Following the 2002 season, the McNeese State graduate resigned but remained in the area, serving as a special advisor for the school. He briefly served as the school’s interim athletic director in 2019. Slocum’s Aggies won five conference titles and won at least 10 games on five separate occasions.
We wish Coach Slocum a fast and full recovery.