Mark Dantonio won’t be at stadium for Michigan State’s game vs. Wisconsin

CHAMPAIGN, IL - OCTOBER 10: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans argues with a referee during a game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 10, 2009 at Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. Michigan State defeated Illinois 24-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

One of the feel good stories of the week was supposed to unfold today in East Lansing, as Michigan State Coach Mark Dantonio was going to return to Spartan Stadium, where he was last seen calling a remarkable fake field goal to beat Notre Dame, just two weeks after suffering a heart attack.

Dantonio will not be at the stadium, however, after a routine post-op exam revealed a blod clot in his leg. Dantonio was going to call the game from the booth, but will now be watching his Spartans take on No. 11 Wisconsin from home.

It doesn’t look like this is a serious problem, thankfully, but Dantonio and his doctors are simply taking a precaution.

It will be interesting to see how the Spartans respond to this on the field. They were able to control their emotions last week against Northern Colorado, but that was Northern Colorado. Today, they were expecting to get an emotional lift from having their coach in the stadium, and now have to deal with this news, which will no doubt weigh on their minds, even if it’s not supposed to be serious.

Either way, hopefully Dantonio gets through this latest setback quickly, and is back on the sidelines in perfect health before long.

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2010 College Football Week 5 Predictions

RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 16: Russell Wilson  of the North Carolina State Wolfpack talks to his team in the huddle against the Cincinnati Bearcats during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on September 16, 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Ugh.

After going 3-1 two weeks ago, I successfully predicted a downfall last Saturday by putting forth a brutal effort. Alabama (no front door cover, Tide?), South Carolina (couldn’t hang onto that lead, Cocks?) and LSU (only 20 points at home, Tigers?) were all losers, while my only winner was Temple over Penn State (even though the Owls tried to blow that one for me late).

Here goes a better effort this week…

No. 17 Ohio State –16.5 at Illinois, 12:00PMET
Lay the points. The Buckeyes are 4-0 against the spread this year and have done it in rather easy fashion. I realize this is their first road test of the year, not to mention their first Big Ten game, but Ohio State is the far superior team and should roll. The Buckeyes haven’t lost to the Illini since 1991 and while Illinois has hung with them in recent years, it’ll be too much Terrelle Pryor this Saturday.
THE PICK: OHIO STATE –16.5

No. 11 Wisconsin vs. No. 24 Michigan State +2, 3:30PM ET
The Spartans will certainly get a lift from Mark Dantonio, who returns to the sidelines (the press box, actually) this weekend after suffering a heart attack following MSU’s overtime win over Notre Dame two weeks ago. The Spartans have rushed for over 200 yards in each of their first four games and while the Badgers have a potent rushing attack themselves, I like MSU to win outright in East Lansing. Every year the Spartans beat an opponent they’re not supposed to and while a win on Saturday would hardly be shocking, it would still be considered an upset with Wisconsin ranked 11th in the nation.
THE PICK: MICHIGAN STATE +2

Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina State +4, 3:30PM ET
I feel as though people are falling asleep on this NC State team, which is coming off impressive wins over Cincinnati and Georgia Tech the past two weekends. They don’t have a great rushing offense, but their passing game led by Russell Wilson ranks 19th in the nation and they’re averaging 37.75 points per game. After losing to Boise State and James Madison earlier in the year, VA Tech has gotten back on track with wins over East Carolina and Boston College the past two weekends. That said, there’s still something missing from this team and while Tyrod Taylor has made a ton of highlight reel plays, he leads an offense that is 87th in passing. I think NC State keeps this game within a field goal and covers.
THE PICK: NC STATE +4

No. 3 Boise State –43.5 vs. New Mexico State, 8:00PM ET
Usually I don’t even consider games that have point spreads of over 30 points because of the threat of a backdoor cover, but I always make an exception when New Mexico State is involved. As long as the Broncos don’t take their foot off the gas I could see them scoring in the 60s this weekend. The Aggies rank second-to-last in total defense among FBS teams and the Broncos can ill-afford to suffer a letdown now that they’re ranked third in the nation. Boise rolls.
THE PICK: BOISE STATE –43.5

Season Record: 4-4

Radio host insinuates that God got back at Dantonio for messing with Irish

Radio host Matt Patrick from FM 95.3 in South Bend had this reaction to the news that Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio suffered a heart attack after the Spartans’ thrilling overtime win over Notre Dame on Saturday:

The true crime here is that this idiot will become viral because of this. He’ll become somewhat popular for the first time in his career.

I don’t care if he was joking or if he knows Dantonio personally – it was insensitive to say something like this and video tape it. If he said it to Dantonio’s face and he was clearly trying to lighten up the mood for an old friend, that’s one thing. But the fact that he made public comments like this was just stupid.

And I don’t care of the heart attack was mild or not – it’s still as serious situation.

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