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Former FSU, N.C. State coach Amato has cancer

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Former North Carolina State coach and Florida State assistant Chuck Amato will undergo treatment for cancer located on his tonsil.

In a statement released by N.C. State, Amato says he was diagnosed in December, but doctors detected it early and expect a full recovery. He wanted to wait to tell retired Seminoles coach and longtime friend Bobby Bowden, but he issued a statement Wednesday once news spread.

Amato says he'll maintain his daily routine and workout regimen in hopes of being ready for another coaching opportunity.

Amato spent 18 years as an assistant to Bowden before taking over in Raleigh, where he spent seven seasons before being replaced by Tom O'Brien. Amato returned to Bowden's staff, though he was not retained by new Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher.