Cam Cameron, LSU Offensive Coordinator, Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2015

LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron reacts before an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, September 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
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According to Ross Dellenger and Scott Rabalais of the Advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will remain in his role with the team despite being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Jim Kleinpeter of NOLA.com provided some comments from Cameron during his press conference. The 54-year-old told the assembled press members he has a "clean bill of health":

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#LSU OC Cam Cameron: The support has been awesome. Coach Les Miles and his family have been great. I’m good; I’m fine. I want you to know.

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#LSU OC Cam Cameron: It’s serious. I’m not belittling anything. Maybe later there will be a time and place to talk about it.

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#LSU OC Cam Cameron: I can’t say enough about our players, the family environment here, the coaches have been good to me.

Cameron is in his third year with the Tigers. He arrived in Baton Rouge after working as the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator from 2008 to 2012. Cameron was fired midway through the season as the Ravens were en route to their second Super Bowl win.

Cameron's coaching career spans well over 30 years. He started as a graduate assistant with Michigan in 1984 before moving up to be the Wolverines' wide receivers and quarterbacks coach. From there, he made stops with the Washington Redskins, Indiana Hoosiers, Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers before landing in Baltimore.

Although LSU's offense ranked 80th in yards per game last year, Tigers fans are right to expect the unit to make strides under Cameron's stewardship in 2015. Quarterback Brandon Harris should improve in his sophomore season, and his top three leading receivers—Travin Dural, Malachi Dupre and John Diarse—are all back. In addition, running back Leonard Fournette is on some experts' preseason Heisman Trophy watch lists.

Should Cameron's situation worsen and he be forced to take a leave of absence at any point this season, head coach Les Miles could be in serious trouble. It would leave Miles without both of his top coordinators from last year after John Chavis left to lead Texas A&M's defense.