In the early Sunday morning hours after Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio had suffered a heart attack and had emergency surgery, he remarked to athletic director Mark Hollis that Sparrow Hospital was not a good place to celebrate a big win.
Hollis said it was a good place for a coach who just had a heart attack, however.
“He was close by the hospital, he received attention from our football medical team and medical care at the hospital right away, and we will get him back as our head coach in the long term,” Hollis said.
Hollis hopes Dantonio, who had a cardiac catheterization procedure performed by cardiologist Dr. Chris D'Haem at about 3:45 a.m. Sunday, is back on the sideline coaching this season.
According to MLive, Dantonio reported not feeling well after the victory.
John Lewandowski, Michigan State’s sports information director, said the coach told him he didn’t feel well and asked to sit down after talking with the media in his postgame press conference around 12:30 a.m. He didn’t do a usual television interview, and Michigan State football medical staff on hand advised he should go to the hospital because of heart attack symptoms.
Hollis said Dantonio’s wife, Becky, drove him in their family car.
“She’s very strong and kind of directing everyone through this,” he said.
“His family members are with him. We spent most of the night at the hospital with Coach D. We had a thrilling football victory, but more important is having our football coach in good health.”
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