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Auburn OL coach J.B. Grimes takes off bandages


Montgomery Advertiser

Less than two weeks after major cancer surgery, Auburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes isn’t shy about showing his scars anymore.

For the first time during an open media session, Grimes was without the large bandage on the right side of his neck. The lack of protective bandages exposes the multiple staples running from the bottom of his neck to below his right ear.

According to a university release, Grimes had the procedure last week to remove a cancerous spot on his tongue and lymph nodes were removed on the right side of his neck. The surgery on his lymph nodes, which forced Grimes to wear a large bandage on the right side of his neck, was precautionary after a CAT scan revealed no cancer in that area.

“JB's probably the toughest coach in college football,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said Tuesday. “(Graduate assistant) Johnny Brewer is helping him, which he's been with him for three years but coach Grimes, he's a rock.”