Posted on: September 19, 2010 1:03 pm
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Posted on: September 19, 2010 1:02 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2010 1:13 pm
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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Posted on: September 19, 2010 12:02 am
Edited on: September 19, 2010 12:04 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
We're only through three weeks of the season but Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio may have just sealed the award for the playcall of the year. The second half of Michigan State's game against Notre Dame turned into a shootout, as both teams took turns posting touchdowns, but at the end of sixty minutes a winner had yet to be decided.
After the Spartans held the Irish to a field goal on their first possession of the overtime, they found themselves in a similar position, facing a 4th and 14 at the Notre Dame 29. Dantonio sent out the kicking team, but there was no kick.
instead the holder, punter Aaron Bates, a former quarterback, dropped back in the pocket and found a wide open Charlie Gantt for a 29-yard touchdown and a 34-31 Spartans win. After the game Dantonio said they'd practiced the play -- called Little Giants after the movie of the same name -- all week, and had executed it perfectly, so why not use it?
"It was a gutsy call," said Dantonio on the field afterward, while his players mobbed each other on the field.
We find it rather hard to argue with Dantonio's evaluation. Though we might use a word other than "gutsy."