Notre Dame graduate assistant Kyle McCarthy will take a leave of absence from the program after being diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer.
“A few weeks ago, I was diagnosed with a very treatable form of cancer,” McCarthy said in a statement. “Yesterday, I began chemotherapy as the next step in eliminating this disease. I'm truly blessed to have such amazing love and support from family and friends.
“Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers over the last few weeks. I expect a full recovery and look forward to returning to the team during and after my treatment. Go Irish!”
McCarthy, a former Irish safety and 2009 team captain, joined Brian Kelly's staff after knee injuries ended a four-year stint in the NFL with Denver, Kansas City and Oakland. His primary duties are to work with Notre Dame's secondary.
“Kyle’s attitude and outlook toward his treatment is remarkable,” Kelly said. “We will support him the entire way. We are very confident he’ll receive the necessary treatment to make a complete recovery.”