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Former FSU assistant Chuck Amato to be treated for cancer

Former Florida State assistant coach Chuck Amato confirmed Wednesday that he will be treated for a cancerous spot on his tonsils and expects a full recovery.

"I appreciate the concern and prayers of the Seminole Nation,'' Amato said in a statement. "The prognosis is optimistic, which is very encouraging and with the grace of God and the support of my family and friends, I will get through this.

"I wanted to wait and tell people until after I had a chance to tell my dear friend, Coach Bowden, face to face,'' he said. "However, now that the word has spread, I want to assure everyone that I will tackle this challenge just like I've tackled coaching throughout my career — full speed ahead.''

Amato, 63, has said he would still like to coach.

"I will be working out like I always do and, six weeks from now, I will be as good as can be and ready to go if someone out there is looking for a great coach,'' he said.

LEACH SUIT: A judge in Lubbock, Texas, ruled that fired Texas Tech coach Mike Leach's lawsuit against the university can go forward, but not as quickly as his attorneys wanted.

State District Judge William Sowder denied a motion by Leach's attorneys to speed up taking depositions from school administrators and obtaining documents relevant to the case.

"I see no reason to give Mr. Leach any special treatment in this case," the judge told the court. "So this case will take an ordinary course of action."

LA. TECH HIRES COACH: Arizona offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes will replace Derek Dooley as Louisiana Tech's head coach.

Dykes has coached in college for 15 years and has been with Arizona since 2007, serving as both offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He has never been a college head coach.

Friday, Dooley left Tech after three seasons to replace Lane Kiffin at Tennessee.

SHOWCASE FOR TEBOW: Florida's Tim Tebow will be one of three South quarterbacks for the Jan. 30 Senior Bowl, joining West Virginia's Jarrett Brown and Oklahoma's Zac Robinson.

IOWA: Running back Josh Brown, a former Dixie Hollins standout and all-Pinellas first-team selection, and defensive back David Cato have decided to transfer.

USC: James Cregg was hired as an assistant coach, following new head coach Lane Kiffin from Tennessee. The school didn't specify a job title for Cregg, Kiffin's offensive line coach last season with the Volunteers.

Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.

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