The winningest coach in Missouri football history continues to battle for his life since leaving the program as Gary Pinkel recently announced his cancer has come out of remission and he’s had to undergo new treatment for the first time in four years.

Pinkel was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma back in 2015, which led him to walk away from coaching in order to spend more time with his family.

Despite the terrible news, Pinkel remains in good spirits and continues to fight on as he undergoes treatment to fight his cancer.

“I’m doing good. I had to get treatment again for the first time in four years. My cancer came out of remission, and so I had treatment last month. I’m doing fine,” Pinkel said in an interview with Andrew Kauffman of ABC17 in Columbia. “With my type of lymphoma, you’ll never be healed. But that’s kind of why I retired when I did — I just wanted to not go back and regret working 85 hours a week, 35 weeks out of the year when I could be doing other things with my family and my eight grandkids.”

In his 15 seasons in Columbia, Pinkel racked up a 118-73 record, which included winning two SEC East titles during the four seasons he coached in the league. During his final 13 seasons coaching Missouri, Pinkel led the Tigers to a bowl game in 10 of those seasons. In addition to his accomplishments at Missouri, Pinkel is also the winningest coach in Toledo football history.

“You keep battling it. I’m going to battle it,” Pinkel said. “I’ve got a very positive approach to it, and I’m around a lot of good people that are helping me. There’s a lot of people out there with a lot worse cancers than Gary Pinkel has, and so prayers to all of them.”

You can watch video clips of Pinkel’s interview with ABC17 below: