The family of Bill McCartney issued a statement Monday saying that the former Colorado football coach has been diagnosed with late-onset Dementia/Alzheimer’s.
Sad news out of #CU: Coach Bill McCartney has been diagnosed with late-onset Dementia/Alzheimer’s.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 1, 2016
He is receiving treatment and we are hoping this slows the progression of the disease,” the statement said. “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.”
McCartney coached the Buffaloes from 1982-94, compiling a record of 93-55-5. Colorado won three consecutive Big Eight Conference titles from 1989 to 1991. Colorado was named national champion by The Associated Press in 1990, sharing the title with Georgia Tech, which was voted No. 1 in the coaches’ rankings.
McCartney holds records for the most games coached (153), the most victories (93), and the most conference victories (58) in Colorado history. He was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013.