Notre Dame’s coaching staff will once again see a member of the coaching staff step aside to focus on medical concerns before the start of the 2014 season. Kyle McCarthy, a former player and current graduate assistant, is taking a leave of absence from the fall camp schedule in order to focus on a treatable form of cancer.
“A few weeks ago, I was diagnosed with a very treatable form of cancer,” McCarthy said in a statement shared by Irish Illustrated.“I began chemotherapy as the next step in eliminating this disease.”
McCarthy had been working with the safeties on Notre Dame’s roster in the spring, and he quickly received praise from head coach Brian Kelly and the rest of the staff as he attempted to get his coaching career underway. Fortunately for McCarthy, optimism is running high and he fully intends to return to the team as soon as possible.
“I expect a full recovery and look forward to returning to the team during and after my treatment,” McCarthy said.
Earlier this month it was reported Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock would be joining the rest of the team late after the start of fall camp. Denbrock needed the time to recover from surgery.