Mark Dantonio’s heart attack has put a damper on Michigan State’s win over Notre Dame. Reports of a Mark Dantonio heart attack are coming from anonymous sources at the university, but The Associated Press is now reporting it as fact. It looks like Dantonio had a heart attack immediately following the Michigan State Spartans game on Saturday night, and that he had to be rushed to a local hospital. From the sound of things, it seems that Dantonio should be all right, but that he won’t be able to return to the sidelines right away, making this really bad news for Michigan State.
According to the AP story, their source stated that, “Dantonio had a stent put in a blocked artery near his heart after the victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night.” This isn’t good news at all, and we can only hope that Dantonio has a speedy recovery to enjoy what he has created with this current Michigan State team. Dantonio won’t return to the sidelines in the immediate future though, and it is clear that offensive coordinator Don Treadwill will have to coach the kids in his absence. Now the Spartans will be able to dedicate the rest of their 2010 season to Dantonio, but it’s a pretty sure thing that they would rather have their head coach on the sidelines still.
There is very little information out there about what exactly happened to Dantonio, but the school is sure to host a press conference to let people know what has taken place. That will especially be important so that we can all learn of his status at the hospital, and if he is expected to make a quick recovery from this heart attack. Any health problems like this one can be very scary, and you can bet that Michigan State will provide counselors to meet with players that might be really shocked that this has taken place. The stress of Saturday night’s game was already apparent, but this might have officially confirmed it.
This Michigan State Spartans team is now 3-0 after an impressive overtime victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday. In a game where both school traded scores all the way to the end, it was the final play that really typified what had taken place. Heading into overtime, Notre Dame got the ball first, and ended up kicking a field goal to take a 31-28 lead. Michigan State was given a chance to score as well, but on a third down sack, they had to attempt a long field goal. Instead of kicking it though, Dantonio called for a fake field goal, which paid off in a Michigan State tough down and 34-31 victory over Notre Dame.