Henson Faces Toughest Foe

New Mexico State men's basketball coach Lou Henson has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer. The 71-year-old Henson, who is in Champaign, Ill., at his summer home, said Tuesday that he was told of the diagnosis last Wednesday. He plans to continue coaching.

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Brian Faison Athletics Director at New Mexico State University is announcing that head men's basketball coach Lou Henson has been recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer affecting the lymph system of the body.

"Mary and I are very optimistic at this point and time," Henson said. "I will continue my coaching duties at New Mexico State. Through our faith along with prayers of family, friends, and others we expect to win over possibly the toughest foe we've had to face in my lifetime."

"Coach has been a fighter and a winner all of his life," said Faison. "As a department and on an individual basis we will do all that we can to support Mary and Lou."

Henson, 71, retired in 1996 from a 21 year career as head basketball coach at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus. He resumed his basketball coaching career in 1997 at New Mexico State where this fall he will begin his 16th season with the Aggies. Henson is nearing the much sought after milestone of 800 college career wins, which only a hand full of coaches have achieved in the history of the game.

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