SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) -- Southwest Texas State athletic director Jim Wacker, a former head football coach at the University of Minnesota, is finishing radiation treatment after a grapefruit-size growth attached to his heart was removed in November.
Although the post-surgical tests came back negative, Wacker's doctors recommended a six-week radiation treatment as a precaution, school officials said Wednesday night. He has two weeks remaining.
"With the growth, they've determined it's safer to follow this pattern so it won't perpetuate ... and cause more problems," said Tony Brubaker, assistant athletic director for media relations.
Wacker will begin three months of chemotherapy after the radiation is finished, Brubaker said.
It was never determined that Wacker had cancer, he said.
Wacker, former football coach at Texas Christian and Minnesota, has been athletic director at Southwest Texas State since 1998. Wacker coached at TCU from 1983 to 1991. He spent five years at Minnesota, leaving after the 1996 season.
The growth was discovered around Thanksgiving, when Wacker went to the hospital complaining of chest pains. Doctors detected the lump -- which grew from the size of a golf ball to the size of a grapefruit -- and performed open heart surgery to remove it.
Wacker drives back and forth from an Austin hospital every day for his treatment, but still comes to his Southwest Texas State office every day, Brubaker said.
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