McCarthy to take leave of absence

An invaluable graduate assistant since he joined the Irish staff in January, former Notre Dame safety Kyle McCarthy will take a temporary and intermittent leave of absence.

“A few weeks ago, I was diagnosed with a very treatable form of cancer,” said McCarthy through a release courtesy Notre Dame athletics. “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!”

“Kyle’s attitude and outlook toward his treatment is remarkable,” said Kelly. “We will support him the entire way. We are very confident he’ll receive the necessary treatment to make a complete recovery.”

McCarthy has worked primarily with the team's safeties joining as a defensive graduate assistant this season.

A two-year veteran of the NFL, most notably with the Denver Broncos in both 2010 and 2011, McCarthy ranks as Notre Dame's second all-time leading tackler among defensive backs.

McCarthy won the program's prestigious Nick Pietrosante Award as a fifth-year senior in 2009, presented to the player that exemplifies courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication, and pride.

(He was likewise the 2009 squad's top defensive performer by a significant margin.) has learned McCarthy's role could be filled on an interim basis. Top Stories