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By Michael Bearak     Oct 2, 2010 in Sports
East Lansing - Michigan State's Mark Dantonio was slated to coach from the coach's booth on Saturday, but instead will be forced to watch from a hospital bed.
Mark Dantonio, the head coach of the Michigan State Spartans suffered a heart attack back on September 19th after beating Notre Dame. He has yet to be able to return to the sidelines for a game, while he was slated to coach from the coach his Spartans from the coach's box against Wisconsin. Dantonio was readmitted on Thursday to Sparrow Hospital in East Lansing, Michigan after a routine examination found a blood clot. Dantonio told ESPN that he had been experiencing swelling and discomfort in his leg after Wednesday's practice.
Dantonio is 54 years old said that he has full faith in offensive coordinator Don Treadwell's ability to lead the Spartans against Wisconsin. Dantonio's wife will make the trip to Madison as well, but to chaperon recruits.
Dr. Chris D'Haem, Dantonio's cardiologist said that blood clots are not uncommon after surgery. He went on to say that clots will cause swelling and pain, just as in the case of Dantonio.
Michigan State athletic director, Mark Hollis released a statement saying, "Coach Dantonio is doing well and his prognosis is excellent. He was admitted to Sparrow Hospital for monitoring and treatment. The cardiologist told Coach D that it was in his best interest to sit out another game and to stay off his feet."
Hollis went on to say, "Although Coach D will be unable to watch today's game from the press box, make no mistake that he remains in control of our football program. He was able to attend meetings and practices earlier this week, and since his hospitalization, he has been in regular contact with his coaching staff as well as the team captains and other team leaders."
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