Tag:Spartans Heart Attack
Posted on: September 28, 2010 2:31 pm

Mark Dantonio will coach from box on Saturday

Posted by Chip Patterson

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is less than a week and a half removed from making one of the gutsiest calls in the school's recent memory, only to have that moment followed by a trip to the hospital to be treated for a cardiac arrest.

The college football world was shocked to learn of the news and the outpouring of support from the Michigan State community has been commendable.  It has been reported that athletic director Mark Hollis and head basketball coach Tom Izzo have had contact with Dantonio "every day since he had the heart attack."  

But after watching the Spartans compete on television without him, Dantonio made the decision that watching another game from the home would be counterproductive to his recovery. He has elected to return to coaching for Michigan State's conference opener against No. 11 Wisconsin, though he will do  so from the press box.

I'm going to ease back into this much like anybody would after any injury," Dantonio said. "I'm going to listen to our doctors, but I am going to ease back into this and do something daily with our football team."

Dantonio said he doesn't plan to be on the field during the game.

"I would expect to be in the box on Saturday," Dantonio said. "That would be my initial plan at this point."

Dantonio watched the Northern Colorado game at home.

"I will say it was a little bit surreal watching the game at home," he said. "I had no chips. I wasn't allowed. It was different. You see your football team, or our football team, playing, and you're not there, and you've been there for four years."

Facing the Badgers at home, the Spartans have perhaps their best opportunity to make a statement to the rest of the Big Ten.  Their greatest test so far was the overtime win at Notre Dame, and a victory over the reeling Badgers could give them an extra boost of confidence headed into the following week against Michigan in the Big House.

The Spartans get the Badgers at home, and do not have to play Ohio State, leaving road games against Iowa and Penn State as their most difficult challenges left on the schedule.  If they can build on the 4-0 start and take advantage of the remaining schedule, Michigan State could find themselves back in postseason play for the third year in a row.  Three consecutive bowl berths is a feat that has not been accomplished in East Lansing in over a decade.

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Posted on: September 19, 2010 1:02 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2010 1:13 pm

Report: MSU coach had heart attack after OT win

Posted by Chip Patterson

It took major guts to call the fake field goal that gave Michigan State their overtime win over Notre Dame on Saturday.  The back-and-forth showdown was one of the best games on a day filled with nail-biters.  The only unfortunate news out of Saturday night for Spartans fans was related to Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio.

According to a report, Dantonio suffered a heart attack following the 34-31 overtime victory.

A person with knowledge of the situation says Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio had a heart attack after his team's overtime victory against Notre Dame.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the school planned to make an announcement at a news conference later in the day.

The person said that Dantonio had a stent put in a blocked artery near his heart after the victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night. The Spartans used an audacious fake field to win 34-31.

Dantonio will be out indefinitely and offensive coordinator Don Treadwill will coach in his absence.

Dantonio reportedly had a stent put into a blocked artery not long after the Spartans 34-31 win in overtime on Saturday night.  He's recovering nicely this morning, though he'll be in the hospital for several more days.

Offensive coordinator Don Treadwill will serve as head coach until Dantonio can return, though there is no immediate estimation as to when that will be.

Our thoughts are with the Dantonio family and we wish him a speedy and healthy return to the field.  We will continue to update this story as it develops.

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