Montgomery had cancer surgery

October 28, 2011, 8:18 pm
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LOS ANGELES (APCSN) -- California men's basketball coach Mike Montgomery says he was diagnosed with bladder cancer and had surgery last week that has left him cancer-free.

Montgomery made the announcement Friday at Pac-12 media day in Los Angeles.

The school announced Montgomery's surgery last week, but didn't disclose any details about it.

The 64-year-old coach says he had "high-grade" bladder cancer, a diagnosis he called scary.

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Since the surgery, Montgomery says he is fine and will return full-time to running the Golden Bears' program on Monday. His assistants had been overseeing things since his surgery on Oct. 19.

Montgomery enters his fourth season at Cal. The four-time Pac-10 coach of the year led Cal to its first conference championship in 50 years in 2010. He has led the Bears to the postseason for three consecutive seasons.

Montgomery enters the 2011-12 season, the 30th overall in his collegiate coaching career, with a 611-281 (.684) record.

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