Michigan State coach undergoes emergency surgery

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, Last Updated: 2:56 PM ET

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio underwent surgery early Sunday morning after suffering from symptoms consistent with a heart attack.

The school released a statement Sunday saying Dantonio was admitted to Sparrow Hospital and doctors performed a cardiac catheterization procedure, in which a small, metallic stent is used to open a blocked blood vessel leading to the heart.

"The procedure was successful and blood flow to the heart muscle was restored," said Dr. Chris D'Haem through the school. "I'm very pleased with the outcome of the procedure. Coach Dantonio is resting comfortably following his procedure and is expected to make a full recovery.

"He is young, in excellent shape, and the damage to his heart was minimal. Coach Dantonio made the right decision to come in and get checked out immediately."

Dantonio's Spartans pulled out a 34-31 overtime victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night, winning the game on a fake field goal for a touchdown.

The school said Dantonio will remain hospitalized for a few days and his return the sideline will be determined at a later date. Offensive coordinator Don Treadwell will take over Dantonio's responsibilities in the interim.

"Mark Dantonio is our head coach," said Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis. "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. The thoughts of the entire Spartan family are with Coach D, his wife Becky and his daughters Kristen and Lauren."

Michigan State improved to 3-0 with Saturday's victory and will host Northern Colorado next Saturday before opening Big Ten play on October 2 at home against Wisconsin. The Spartans joined the AP poll as the 25th-ranked team on Sunday.


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