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Bill McCartney diagnosed with late-onset Dementia/Alzheimer's

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Awful news for a Colorado great.

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Sad, sad news from the University of Colorado SID office this Monday morning as the family of legendary coach Bill McCartney issued a statement Monday about the declining health of the College Football Hall of Fame and national championship coach.

I just re-watched The Gospel According to Mac again this weekend and this news is a rough way to start the week. Prayers to Coach Mc and his family from all of us here at TRR.

Here's the full statement.

"We would like to share the news that our father, Coach Bill McCartney has been diagnosed with late-onset Dementia/Alzheimer's. We (his family) have been noticing memory issues for the past few years and he was recently diagnosed. He is receiving treatment and we are hoping this slows the progression of the disease. He is still the same Coach Mac - biking, golfing, supporting the Buffs and being an active member of his Church.

"We are making this public to ask for your understanding and patience as we know he frequently runs into fans, friends and former players. This is a frustrating and confusing disease, and if he appears disconnected or unknowing, please don't take it personally.

"Please keep Coach Mac in your thoughts and prayers as we navigate through this difficult time."
— The McCartney Family