OMAHA, Neb. — The young boy with cancer whose touchdown run at the Nebraska spring football game was viewed by millions on the Internet is in remission, his father said Monday.
Jack Hoffman, now 8, captured the hearts of football fans when, with the players’ help, he ran 69 yards to score during April’s intrasquad game. His scamper was viewed nearly 8.4 million times on YouTube.
Jack’s father, Andy, said the news came after an MRI test.
“Doctors came in and said this tumor is rock-solid stable,” Hoffman said.
The encouraging news was tempered by warnings from the doctors: More than half of kids in Jack’s situation have relapses.
“We pray like crazy and hope Jack isn’t in that segment,” Hoffman said. “The doctors have done a good job of preparing us.”
AD SAYS IMPOSTERS HAVE CONTACTED COACHES: Southern California athletic director Pat Haden said people pretending to be representatives of his school have contacted two coaches and attempted to discuss the Trojans’ coaching vacancy with them.
USC identified the posers and is taking “appropriate action,” Haden said.
He said somebody posing as a USC official repeatedly tried to speak to a member of the Denver Broncos’ coaching staff about the opening. Another phony school representative contacted Tony Dungy, the former Tampa Bay and Indianapolis coach.
The Trojans (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) fired Lane Kiffin last month and installed Ed Orgeron as interim coach.
QB’S KNEE HAS NO STRUCTURAL DAMAGE: Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said starting quarterback Baker Mayfield’s right knee has no structural damage after the freshman was hurt during the No. 20 Red Raiders’ win at Kansas.
The walk-on’s injury doesn’t “appear to be a season-ending type,” Kingsbury said. “Timetable-wise, I’m not sure yet.”
Kingsbury said he’s not sure whether Mayfield will start or even play against Iowa State this week.
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