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Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU coach Les Miles addresses the crowd Wednesday during The Gridiron Club Bayou Bash.

ESPN reporter Holly Rowe said during her current bout with cancer, LSU football coach Les Miles showed “just unbelieveable sweetness” by calling five or six times to offer support.

Miles was among the numerous well-wishers, including many high-profile people from the world of sports, reaching out to Rowe before and after her surgery last week. Doctors removed a cancerous tumor in her chest, a malignant tumor under her right arm and 29 additional lymph nodes.

“These are people who don’t know much about me personally, but on a basic human level they are concerned about you,” Rowe says in a report posted Sunday at the Sports Illustrated website www.si.com.

“Les Miles found out earlier than most, because I was at LSU for a game and let people know I would not be at Signing Day because of surgery. He called me five or six times the day before Signing Day to ask when I was going in and what he could do. Just unbelievable sweetness.”

Also among the well-wishers was former ESPN anchor and ABC “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts, a Southeastern Louisiana University graduate and former basketball star who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat pre-leukemia in 2011.

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It's not unsual for Miles to reach out to those battling illness.

Last season, Miles' relationship with young LSU fan Sid Ortis in Alabama was well-documented.

Ortis, who battled cancer for more than a year, died Oct. 31, 2015.