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Alabama AD Bill Battle completes cancer treatment

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Alabama athletic director Bill Battle, who took a leave of absence starting last month, has completed a recent round of cancer treatments for multiple myeloma. The school announced that he hopes to return to work soon on a limited basis.

Battle, 74, was diagnosed with the disease in April 2014 and underwent multiple rounds of treatment. On June 21 he announced his leave of absence so he could receive stem cell treatments in Atlanta. He underwent a stem cell transplant on June 27 at Emory University and was released from the hospital on July 8.

“I have completed this latest phase of my fight against multiple myeloma, and the outcome was extremely positive,” Battle said in a statement released by the school. “My wife, Mary, a licensed oncology nurse, has been an amazing force in every stage of this fight over the last two years. I was fortunate to get early detection, aggressive treatment by the best doctors, and entered this recent phase in reasonably good physical shape. All of those factors were vital to this positive outcome.”

Battle has been Alabama’s athletic director since March 2013. He played for the Crimson Tide under coach Paul “Bear” Bryant from 1960-62 and was Tennessee’s football coach from 1970-76.

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