SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock disclosed Tuesday the reason he missed the start of training camp is he's recovering from prostate cancer surgery.
Denbrock said he learned he had cancer while undergoing blood tests in June while applying for life insurance. He said the doctor believes he removed all the cancer.
Denbrock said it will be a while until he's back at full strength, but said he is getting stronger every day. He said he didn't want to say how much he's been working "because my wife and my doctor will probably hunt me down." He said he's been able to do more than he expected.
Denbrock missed most of the start of camp due to the surgery. He said modern technology helped him stay in the loop by reviewing video on his ipad and talking to players via facetime.
"So much better obviously being back in person--being able to interact with the football team and the coaches and really make sure we are all on message and doing things the way we want them done," Denbrock said.
He said the support has been great.
"I appreciate it and appreciate everyone's well wishes and thoughts and its been easy for me to recognize why I love being here so much when you go through something like I've gone through," he said. "The Notre Dame community and the fans have just been unbelievable."
He joked that the receivers were happiest to see him back, because coach Brian Kelly has filled in for him as receivers coach.