Forget making the best decision so far this college season. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio went to the hospital early this morning after experiencing chest pains and probably saved his own life.
According to an AP report out of East Lansing, Dantonio had a mild heart attack and was hospitalized shortly after calling the stunning fake field goal to beat Notre Dame, 34-31, in overtime.
The 54-year-old Dantonio had surgery to put a stent in a blocked blood vessel leading to the heart. ``This morning, in the very early hours, not long after the football game, Coach Dantonio began experiencing some symptoms,'' said Dr. Chris D'Haem, who performed the relatively common procedure to restore blood flow. ``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.''
The game ended just before midnight. After Michigan State lined up for a 46-yard field goal that could have forced a second overtime, holder Aaron Bates threw a pass to Charlie Gantt for a winning touchdown.