Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Colts Coach Battling Leukemia; Arians to Fill In

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Colts Coach Battling Leukemia; Arians to Fill In

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts coach Chuck Pagano has been diagnosed with leukemia and is expected to be hospitalized six to eight weeks as he undergoes treatment.

He will be replaced on an interim basis by offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who joined the team this year after being fired by the Steelers.

Team owner Jim Irsay made the announcement today at a somber and sometimes emotional news conference at the team complex.

"I think it's unlikely he'll be all in as the head coach the rest of this season," Irsay said. "He may be able to come back and be in the press box or something."

The 51-year-old Pagano is in his first season with the Colts (1- 2). He was hired in January after serving as the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator.

Dr. Larry Cripe, the physician treating the coach at Indiana University's Simon Cancer Center, said Pagano has acute myeloid leukemia, where the bone marrow is producing abnormal white blood cells that interfere with healthy blood cells. Treatments can include chemotherapy, drugs and radiation therapy.

NCAA FOOTBALL: PSU'S MAUTI GETS BIG TEN HONOR

Michael Mauti has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his performance Saturday against Illinois. It is his second defensive player of the week award this season and the third of his career.

Mauti finished with six tackles, half a sack, two interceptions and a forced fumble. He returned one of the interceptions 99 yards to the 1yard line.

Mauti also received the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week award for the Illinois game.

-- Mark Dent The Pittsburgh Press

BASKETBALL: EX-STAR AT PITT GETS PROBATION

Former Pitt basketball star Carl Krauser will spend two years on probation in a first-offender's program for his arrest on weapon and drug possession charges in May.

The 31-year-old entered the program on charges of carrying a firearm without a license, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Krauser was arrested after his car was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint May 12 in Beaver Falls. Police say he tried to run away, but they agreed to drop an escape charge when he entered the program last week.

Krauser, who lives in New York City, was a guard for Pitt from 2002 through '06 and finished with more than 1,000 points and 400 assists. …

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