Western Illinois will look to move on after losing its legendary head coach for the second straight season.
Former head coach Don Patterson announced Friday he would step down from his position because of health complications.
Patterson, who has the fourth-most victories in Missouri Valley Football Conference history, missed the first seven games last season because of tonsillar cancer. Patterson coached Western Illinois (1-2) in the first three games this season.
He said despite being declared cancer-free by doctors, the physical toll was too much for him. He said he did not want to be a distraction for his team.
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