Posted by Tom Fornelli
The man that is so dedicated to his job he's willing to give himself a heart attack to win a football game, Mark Dantonio, has been released from the hospital. Dantonio, who suffered a heart attack hours after a thrilling Michigan State win over Notre Dame -- which featured one of the braver play calls we'll see this season -- had to go back in to the hospital after a blood clot was found in his leg.
It was discovered during a routine post-surgery checkup with doctors.
Dantonio had been hoping to coach from the coach's box during the Spartans game against Wisconsin, but instead had to settle with texting defensive coaches from his hospital bed as Don Treadwell ran the show from the sidelines.
Now that he's been released from the hospital it's likely that Dantonio will return to his team in time for their showdown against Michigan in Ann Arbor this weekend. There's no word on what capacity Dantonio will serve in, be it from the sidelines or above the field, but there's no questioning this is one of the biggest games in Michigan State's recent history.
The rivalry between the Spartans and Wolverines is big enough during any season, but this year the two teams are both 5-0 heading into their meeting. A win for Michigan State this weekend could help set the Spartans on the path to a BCS bowl game. After all, they don't have to face Ohio State this season, and aside from a trip to Iowa City at the end of October, there isn't much left in Michigan State's path.
In other words, a win this weekend could be so big for Michigan State that Dantonio might even be willing to have another heart attack to get it.