Coach Cunningham to return to the sidelines Friday for Uni’s matchup with Irvine High

The Irvine and University high school football teams are set to square off at 7 p.m. Friday at Irvine Stadium.

The game is the Pacific Coast League opener, but for students, staff and fans of both programs, the bigger story is the return of Uni coach Mark Cunningham, who missed four months while undergoing treatment for throat cancer.

Tim Burt, sports editor for the Irvine World News, wrote about the venerable coach stepping back onto the field in a column that ran this week.