Texas A&M: R.C. Slocum diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Former Texas A&M football coach R.C. Slocum has been diagnosed with a form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the school announced Tuesday.

Per Texas A&M, Slocum will undergo chemotherapy in College Station in consultation with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The center is considered one of the nation’s best for treating cancer patients.

Slocum, 76, previously said in a Facebook post that he had been dealing with a “serious” issue.

“A couple of years ago, I asked my Facebook friends to pray for my son John Harvey Slocum who had a major heart event in Midland. God answered those prayers in a big way. Today, I am coming again asking for prayers but these are for me,” he wrote. “I have spent several days at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston this past week doing various tests. Not sure what all is going on but it is serious.”

Slocum was the head coach of the Aggies from 1989-2002 and tallied a record of 123-47-2. Counting his 16 years as an assistant coach, he spent 30 years in the Aggies football program.

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

The Aggies’ best season under Slocum came in 1992, when they finished 12-1 and were ranked No. 7 in the final Associated Press poll of the season. The only blemish on their record was a 28-3 loss in the Cotton Bowl to Notre Dame.