Update on Coach Meyer's Condition (Sept. 12)
Northern State coach Don Meyer issued a statement Friday updating his condition through his son, Jerry. The news wasn't good as Meyer announced that during surgery doctors found that he had cancer. Doctors continue to fight to repair major damage to his left leg. He had his third surgery in a week on his left leg and remains at Sioux Falls' Avena McKennan Hospital.
Meyer, entering his 10th season at the Division 2 school in Aberdeen, S.D., has 891 wins, 11 shy of tying former Indiana and Texas Tech coach Bob Knight for the all-time win mark in men's NCAA basketball.
In a statement, the 63-year old Meyer said: "My trauma surgeon, David Strand, from Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD just told me they found carcinoid cancer in my liver and small bowels. The cancer was discovered during the emergency surgery after my wreck on September 5, 2008. What's great about this is I would not have known about the cancer had I not had the wreck. God has blessed with the one thing we all need which is truth. I can now fight with all of my ability. What I now ask is that everybody who believes in God would praise him for this discovery and pray to Him to give me the strength, patience and peace to be a man of God on this journey. I am looking forward to coaching this season and am forever thankful to my team who saved my life and the coaching staff who has stepped up to the plate."
Jerry Meyer said his father was told that the cancer is slow growing and that treatment for his cancer won't inhibit his leg rehabilitation. The Meyer family wanted to thank everyone for their "outpouring of love, support and prayers."
--Andy Katz, ESPN.com