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Runnin' Utes head coach Krystkowiak reveals he was treated for cancer in the spring

Utah Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak complains about a call during the NCAA basketball tournament second round in Denver,  Saturday, March 19, 2016. Gonzaga won 82-59.
Utah Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak complains about a call during the NCAA basketball tournament second round in Denver, Saturday, March 19, 2016. Gonzaga won 82-59.
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University of Utah men's basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak revealed Monday night that he had surgery in the spring to remove his thyroid, which had cancer in it.

Speaking to ESPN700's Bill Riley on his first coach's show of the season, Krystkowiak noted that he has gained weight, which he said had to do with having his thyroid removed.

Krystkowiak didn't go into much detail, only saying, “I had my thyroid taken out this spring. Found some cancer in it.”

In his sixth year as head coach of the Runnin' Utes, Krystkowiak was rather nonchalant in his comments, saying a few moments later, "It's OK if I skip a meal from time to time. I gotta watch the midsection. That's one of the byproducts of not having a thyroid. I guess you get a little chunky."

Utah, which is 5-1 so far this season, will take on UVU Tuesday night at the Huntsman Center. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.