BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- In 30 years of coaching, Indiana assistant head coach Pete Schmidt had never missed a day of work -- until last fall.
Schmidt became ill at an IU game in Iowa, and doctors later determined the Indiana offensive coordinator had lymphoma cancer. He's been battling the ailment since, and despite several setbacks he's determined to beat the disease that ended his run.
Schmidt has lost about 50 pounds since the cancer was detected, but he spoke with conviction as he addressed the media Friday: "I firmly believe I'll get this thing licked."
Indiana coach Cam Cameron said the entire team misses Schmidt, and everyone's anxious for him to return.
"The big thing is I've told Pete to think about himself. Something like this shows you the real significance of football," Cameron said. "He did not coach the last two games, last year, went into treatment in December, and we thought we had it beat. We later found out he didn't.
"He's been through a lot, a bone-marrow transplant, chemotherapy. He misses football."
With Cameron sitting beside him and Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El listening in the back of the room, Schmidt described his ordeal in detail for the first time.
"Every four weeks I go back for another treatment. That takes four days in the hospital. I want to do as much work as I can, but the treatments are kind of rugged."
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