Michigan State and Notre Dame played a classic college football game on Saturday night. To win the game, Michigan State faked a field goal in overtime. The gutsy call gave Michigan State a 34-31 win … and gave Michigan State head coach a heart attack. For reals.
Mark Dantonio, 54, was hospitalized on Sunday morning and underwent surgery. Doctors inserted a stent to open a blocked blood vessel near his heart.
Said Dr. Chris D’Haem: “This morning, in the very early hours, not long after the football game, coach Dantonio began experiencing some symptoms. Fortunately, his heart damage is very minimal. He’s going to do very well and we’re very optimistic he’ll have a full recovery.”
Dantonio started feeling heart attack symptoms shortly after midnight. The main symptom was tightness in his chest.
“This is a time for Spartan Nation to rally around Coach D and the football program. We all look forward to his return to the sidelines,” said Mark Hollis, Michigan State’s athletic director.
While Dantonio is out, offensive coordinator Don Treadwell will be the team’s head coach. Don’t expect many trick plays in the next couple weeks.