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Western Kentucky has already earned its first big win of 2013

The season is still four weeks away, but Western Kentucky has already gotten its first big win of 2013.

First-year defensive backs coach Mike Cassity has beaten his battle with cancer according to head coach Bobby Petrino.

“He had a battle with cancer and fought through it,” Petrino told the Louisville Quarterback Club. “He is doing very well. He is working half a day right now.

“He has beat the battle and will get better and better. He is a great coach and tremendous recruiter, and he is getting better.”

A 38-year coaching veteran and a Bluegrass State native, Cassity played at Kentucky and coached in Lexington from 1975-81 and again in 2012. Cassity has 22 years of defensive coordinator experience, including four under Bobby Petrino at Louisville. 

Cassity was an assistant previously at Western Kentucky from 1983-88, including one season as defensive coordinator. He also has coordinator experience at Northeast Lousiana, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Illinois and Louisville. 

The Hilltoppers open the 2013 campaign on Aug. 31 (7 p.m. ET, ESPNews) versus Kentucky in Nashville, Tenn.