Former Colorado football coach Bill McCartney is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

The 75-year-old coaching legend led Colorado to a national championship in 1990.

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Bill McCartney, who led Colorado football to a national championship in 1990, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. (Pad Kirsch/Flickr)

Bill McCartney, who led Colorado football to a national championship in 1990, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. (Pad Kirsch/Flickr)

Former University of Colorado Boulder football coach Bill McCartney is dealing with late-onset Alzheimer’s.

McCartney’s children announced Monday that the 75-year-old coaching legend has been officially diagnosed with the disease, which already has caused him memory issues.

McCartney coached at Colorado from 1982-94. In his 13-season stint with the school, the Buffaloes went 93-55-5, won three straight Big 8 titles from 1989-91 and captured a national championship in 1990.

McCartney’s family said in the statement that he is getting treatment to try to slow the disease.

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