Mark Dantonio Heart Attack

September 19, 2010 by staff 

Mark Dantonio Heart Attack, exaggerated metaphors soon became real in the early hours of Sunday. Following its impressive team 34-31 overtime win at home during the night of Saturday Notre Dame, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio suffered a heart attack.

Shortly after touchdown in MSU’s victory – a nervous fake field goal on fourth-and-14 – Dantonio experienced chest pains and he was recorded in the Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, where doctors performed a successful angioplasty. Is expected to fully recover and offensive coordinator Don Treadwell will act as interim coach until recovery Dantonio.

The scare which offers the prospect for Irish coach Brian Kelly, whose team fell to 1-2.

“Let me start by saying, on behalf of the Notre Dame family, we are in thoughts and prayers for Coach Dantonio and wish him a speedy recovery,” Kelly said during his conference call on Sunday. “Look forward to seeing him again in the margin.”

Kelly was not aware of the news until he came to school earlier in the day.

“I did not know,” he said. “Of course, we did not until about quarter to four this morning. I went home immediately and when I came to the office, Brian Hardin, our sports information director, told me the news. Obviously, it hits you right away not only for the individual and the person, Mark Dantonio, but as a coach and the profession.

“You go through the emotions of the game and obviously, you know, think of your own being, in terms of how they are taking care of yourself, you do well and check that sort of thing. It hits you immediately when you hear something like that. ”

The pain of defeat, on the other side of Notre Dame in as many weeks, still imbued with Kelly wrap-up session with the media.

“Look, nobody is happy here,” he said. “Nobody likes to be where we are. But our players are playing as hard as they can on the defensive side of the ball. … It hurts, it hurts, there’s not much you can say after such a loss. There is nothing that nobody is going to make you feel better, you do not want to go back and work on getting better? We’ll know on Monday, where it is. My guess is that these guys have a lot of pride, as our coaches do, and we will return to work and continue to put ourselves in a position to close and win matches. ”

The work
After linebacker Darius Fleming ND MSU quarterback Kirk Cousins fired a nine-yard loss on third down, the Spartans lined up for a field goal from 46 yards. Dan Conroy kicker connected on a 50-yard inside Detroit’s Ford Field last week against Florida Atlantic, but they have the opportunity to extend the game to a second overtime. Holder Aaron Bates stood and delivered a pass to backup tight end Charlie Gantt for Harrison touchdown as Notre Dame and Carlo Calabrese Smith both fell to the ground unable to cover the 6-foot-5, 260 pounds.

“We are man to man, Harrison and Carlo are man to man, on the release and we have a player advantage, Gary Gray, who has, in this case, the kicker was that he had a swing, so it is party man to man in the back. ”


A replay ABC showed the clock expired before playing the ball MSU broke on the last play, something that Kelly was not aware of following the contest. He was asked repeatedly by his reflections on the failure to call a Sunday.

“I think they are excuses,” he said. “We had the opportunity to defend the work and not defended the work, regardless of what may or may not be the case. This is all about what happens on the field and we had our chance to defend the work and we not ‘ t. They did, they executed and we are on the short end. … As regards the last play of the game, again, we are subtleties of what happened at the end of the game. Could have been zero in it before it broke, I mean, yes, there is that possibility.

“We have not really spent much time thinking or complaining about that as much as you know, we have to defend the work.”

The end of the honeymoon Kelly

Kelly not surprised by the virulent reaction by the Irish fans after another demoralizing breakdown later.

“No, I think that comes with the territory,” he said. “I do not think there’s any head coaching position, if it’s Notre Dame or any other place, and sit around worrying about what others think. You go to work every day trying to get his team Football being the best they can be. Am I surprised? No. It comes with the high profile job at Notre Dame or any other high-profile job. There are obviously many of them out there. I do not spend much time thinking about it .

Floyd fumbles

Notre Dame star receiver Michael Floyd is scary despite its six hooks for 81 yards and two touchdowns against MSU. Floyd fingers are failing after the catch, losing a fumble on the point of the red and nearly coughing up the ball at another reception that was ruled dead before the football came loose. He let one slip of the hands near the goal line last week against the Wolverines.

“As to why he has put the ball on the floor, just obviously have to watch football,” Kelly said. “It’s a big strong guy. There is no excuse for the ball must be on the floor and that is something that has to do because technically every day. You have to pick up your order and make sure that you keep the ball.”

Great game blowups

Allow nearly 200 yards rushing per game so far, Kelly worried about the felling of the big winners in which the Irish have been cut down. MSU running back Edwin Baker ND burned for a 56-yard touchdown in the third quarter to give the Spartans a 14-7 lead. Leveon Bell had multiple passes over 15 yards.

“We just released a breakthrough couple of guys, did not stay disciplined in our review,” said Kelly. “It’s always a game, never has been accumulated so much as it has been a big play here or there. The Michigan game, we have Michigan scoreless for 30 minutes or so and then, obviously, a couple of big plays. For us has been to carry the play after play after play and then have a detail here or there and that’s how you get beat, quite frankly. All and all I’m not worried about our defense all you hurry to do a better job, obviously not giving up the one run, a big game, that’s what really hurt our defense in the last couple of weeks. ”

Riddick is unleashed on the receiver

The coaching staff said second receiver ND Theo Riddick was close to coming alive after the change of runner rarely uses the slot receiver output. Saturday, Riddick led the Irish with 10 receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown.

Injury update

Armando Allen dislocated a finger and was replaced on punt returns by John Goodman. The defensive secondary is still struggling with safety Jamoris Slaughter (ankle) and Dan McCarthy (soft tissues) with slow recovery. Slaughter was used sparingly and McCarthy did not play against MSU.

“We’d like to get in but McCarthy just can not seem to get over the hump where we feel he can play fast enough for us in the end,” said Kelly. “That’s something that just takes time, more than we expected, but we will not put it there if you can not run the alley and do the things that we ask the security to do. We’re a little thin in the end. Slaughter was in emergency situations and gave us a few snaps, but he is not ready either. Hopefully the weather will leave us and get some of those guys again. “

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