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Dantonio's heart attack sheds light on
unhealthy lifestyle of a college coach

MSU coach suffered
a heart attack on
Saturday night
after win over ND
NEW YORK (AP) - Imagine if
every decision you made at work
was scrutinized by millions of peo-
ple and your livelihood was essen-
tially tied to the performance of a
bunch of college students.
That's the life of big-time college
football head coaches such as Mich-
igan State's Mark Dantonio, who
had a heart attack after his team's
thrilling 34-31victory against Notre
Dame on Saturday night.
It's a 24/7 job that once a week
requires a major presentation.
Except for a coach, the conference
room is a stadium packed with.
crazy fans and television cameras.
While it'd be a stretch to say
coaching is hazardous to one's
health, the fact is the lifestyle is not
conducive to staying fit. Late nights
in the film room, meals grabbed
here and there, hours away from
family and precious little down
time - all of it contributes to stress.
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teacher to all of us and a friend
when we need one," she said.
In addition to the announce-
ment dedicating both marching
bands' halftime performances to
Parks' memory, the University held
a moment of silence before the Min-
uteman Marching Band's pregame
E. Royster Harper, vice president
for student affairs at the University
of Michigan, sent a mass e-mail to
students on Friday asking for their
"We ask for your sensitivity and
participation in showing our collec-
tive sympathy during this difficult
time for our guests," Harper wrote.
Michigan Athletic Department
spokesman Bruce Madej offered
words of support in an interview on
"We were shocked and saddened
by the news, and our prayers and
sympathies go out to the entire
University of Massachusetts com-
munity and especially the march-
ing band," he said.
John Pasquale, assistant direc-
tor of bands at the University, also
expressed sympathy for UMass
students and faculty.
"They have lost an invaluable
person both to the field of march-

"There is nothing healthy about
it," former Texas Tech coach Mike
Leach said Sunday.
The 54-year-old Dantonio is
expected to make a full recovery
after having surgery early Sunday
to put a stent in a blocked blood ves-
sel leading to hisheart. He's expect-
ed to remain in the hospital a few
more days, but when he returns to
the sideline is unclear.
He definitely won't be back to
work when Michigan State plays
Northern Colorado on Saturday.
And to be sure, the news of Dan-
tonio's condition caused more than a
few coaches to take notice yesterday.
"Obviously, it hits you right away,
not only for the individual and the
person Mark Dantonio, but as a
coach in the profession," Notre
Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "You
go through the emotions of the
game and obviously you think about
your own self in terms of are you
taking care of yourself, are you get-
ting the right checkups and those
kinds of things?"
Dantonio's heart attack comes
less than ayear after Florida's Urban
Meyer was hospitalized with chest
pains after the Southeastern Con-
ference championship game. Meyer
ing and pageantry arts, in addition
to just a great person," he said in
an interview on Friday. "(Parks)
was always so full of life and such
an inspiring teacher and the entire
marching band community is sad-
dened by his passing."
On Thursday night, Parks con-
ducted a performance with the
band at Cuyahoga Heights High
School before heading to Ann
Arbor - a destination Parks had
looked forward to performing at for
some time, according to Jim Lend-
vay, the father of a UMass march-
ing band trombonist.
"When we met him last year ... he
talked about coming to play Michi-
gan this year and playing in the Big
House, and that it's the mecca of
college marching bands, and that
he was going to take his band -
come hell or high water - he was
taking his band to Michigan and
we were going to make it a show,"
Lendvay said. "And he did that."
Bogdan, the student band man-
ager, agreed that playing at the Big
House was important to Parks.
"[Parks] kept saying, all the way
here, 'You're going into mecca for us.
This is going into one of the homes
of marching bands ... a place where
people appreciate marching bands
and their traditions and the way of
life it represents,"' Bogdan said.
Bogdan added that Parks has
become such an important part of

went so far as to resign, though that
lasted only 24 hours and he instead
he took a leave of absence after
being diagnosed with esophageal
spams. He is taking medication to
fight the problem.
Doctors say the type of work-
related stress that can lead to medi-
cal problems is often caused by lack
of time and lack of control - two
items football coaches deal with
every day.
Leach was the coach at Texas
Tech for 10 years before being fired
after last season.
He said eating right and getting
regular exercise was almost impos-
sible for him during the football
season. It wasn't just the practices,
meetings and game planning that
consumed his day. Being the foot-
ball coach at a major university is
a lot like being the CEO of a huge
company, multimillion-dollar sal-
ary included.
"There's the stress of dealing
with the day-to-dayand the ups and
downs of 120 different people, most
of them ages18-22," said Leach, who
is working as a television analystfor
CBS College Sports this season and
hopes to be back in coaching next
year. "There is also the politics that
the Minuteman Marching Band's
"There's no way to divorce him
from what we do now," she said.
UMass band members wore
black armbands in memory of Parks
during Saturday's game. After the
game both bands played a post-
game set as per tradition, and many
of the UMass students and parents
became visibly emotional during
the final song - a rendition of "My
Way"- the song the Minuteman
Marching Band traditionally ends
each game with.
"On Thursday night that was the
last song that we got to play with
him, soit's very emotional ... Some-
thing tells me there's going to be a
lot of crying during 'My Way' every
time we play it for the next couple
of months," Bogdan said.
Since Parks's passing, the UMass
band has received an outpouring
of support from alumni and the
UMass band community. One of the
band's conductors even flew to Ann
Arbor after hearing about Parks'
"The fact that we can pull
together, even through all of this, I
think speaks a lot to the family that
(Parks) built forus here, and that is
going to go on even without him,"
Bogdan said.
Parks led the band during per-
formances at three presidential
inaugurations, in 1981, 1985 and

go into a university and some of the
Add to that media obligations
and the time it takes to act as an
ambassador for the program with
fans and alumni, and it's no surprise
Leach says he would generally sleep
4-6 hours a night.
"Then I'd throw in a 10-hour
(night)," he said. "I'm living proof
that you can cram for sleep."
The 49-year-old Leach said
after years of poor eating habits
- unhealthy foods and not eating
frequently enough - he assigned a
graduate assistant the job of mak-
ing sure the head coach would stop
what he was doinga few times a day
and eat a proper meal.
Joker Phillips is 47 and in his first
season as Kentucky's head coach
after 20 years as an assistant. He
said he has made sure to keep good
habits despite the demands of the
"I still work out every day. I still
get the same amount of sleep. I just
think this game is important to me,
but my family and personal health
is more important," he said. "I am
a competitor and I do want to win,
but I'm not going to let this game
ruin my life."
2001. In 1998, the band won the
Louis C. Sudler Trophy, which the
UMass statement describes as "the
nation's top marching band honor."
Parks was inducted into the
Bands of America Hall of Fame in
He also worked as a professor
of music at UMass, teaching music
conducting and tuba.
He was awarded numerous
teaching honors, including a Dis-
tinguished Teaching Award in
1989 and an honorary degree from
the UMass Alumni Association,
according to the statement.
Parks was a driving force behind
the construction of a new $5.7 mil-
lion facility for the Minuteman
Marching Band, which is sched-
uled to open next spring and will be
named in honor of him, according
to the Globe.
Bogdan said that the naming
of the new band building "was
decided well before this all hap-
pened, but I think these things are
all going to be a part of who we are,
and he's forever going tobe a part of
who we are."
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Parks
earned his bachelor's degree at
West Chester University in Penn-
sylvania and completed a master
of music degree at Northwestern
Parks is survived by his wife
Jeanne and two children.

Rohan: There
are no easy
solutions for
this def ense

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to Robinson and the offense, it
When the Wolverines ran to
the northwest corner of the Big
House to sing "The Victors,"
the crowd joined the team in a
lackluster version of the usually
boisterous and proud anthem.
Rodriguez said that the locker
room was quiet after the game.
It's clear that even after a win,
they were aware.
They were aware that the
defense had allowed a FCS school
to rush and pass for more than
220 yards.
"Let's not pretend that we're
the 1985 Chicago Bears," Michi-
gan coach Rich Rodriguez said
after the game. "Let's not pretend
we're that ... Three games in we
should get a little bit better and
the disappointing part is that we
didn't get better today."
Rodriguez said it was missed
tackles and a lack of attention to
fundamentals that doomed his
defense. Against Connecticut
in the opening week, that might
have been a valid excuse, but
not against the Minutemen from
Massachusetts. Michigan will
face offenses much more explo-
sive and talented when Big Ten
play starts.
Tackling and maintaining
assignments were the big issues
for the defense entering the sea-
son. But we've heard this before.
Those issues with the defense
were the same sentiments echoed
a year ago, during one of the
worst seasons defensively in
Michigan football history. Satur-
day, everyone seemed aware of
what the problem was, but how do

you fix it?
"We just didn't come out pre-
pared enough," sophomore line-
backer Craig Roh said. "I thought
we were very focused this week
in our preparation, but the thing
with this defense is we're just
going to come back here and fight
even harder. We're going to pre-
pare even harder. The concentra-
tion and drive of this defense will
not let this happen again."
A solution won't be found eas-
ily, though. Defensive coordina-
tor Greg Robinson doesn't have
the depth to rotate players who
are not performing at the level
they should be. It all starts with
Michigan's front seven. If the
Wolverines can get pressure on
the quarterback and keep the
opponents' running game in
check, the secondary can follow
suit. Michigan's most talented and
experienced defensive players are
on the line.
The talk of the offseason was
that the defense would be simpler
so that the inexperienced players
didn't have to think as much and
could just react. Michigan looked
a step behind Massachusetts all
day. The Wolverines are lucky this
wake-up call cane in a win.
When the going gets tough,
we'll see if the defense gets going.
The offense certainly will, espe-
cially if Robinson can remain
The Massachusetts game did
reveal this: the play of the defense
could be the difference between a
January 1st bowl game and a short
drive to Detroit to play in the Lit-
tle Caesar's Pizza, Pizza Bowl.
- Tim Rohan can be reached
at trohan@umich.edu.

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