Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he didn't hear of Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio being hospitalized after a mild heart attack after the Spartans' overtime win against the Irish on Saturday night until Sunday.
But Kelly's thoughts and prayers immediately went to the coach he followed at Cincinnati.
"On behalf of the Notre Dame family, we are in thoughts and prayers for coach Dantonio and wish him a speedy recovery," said Kelly, who took over the Bearcats in 2006 after Dantonio left for Michigan State. "Look forward to seeing him back on the sidelines."
Kelly said the situation - Dantonio had surgery to put a stent in a blocked blood vessel leading to the heart. He's expected to remain in the hospital a few more days, according to reports – also made him think about is own situation.
Before the season, Kelly talked about starting an exercise and diet routine to be able to handle the rigors of college coaching.
"It hits you right away, not only for the individual and the person, Mark Dantonio, but as a coach in the profession," Kelly said. "You go through the emotions of the game. You think about your own self in terms of are you taking care of yourself. Are you getting the right checkups, those kinds of things. It hits you right away when hear something like that. Certainly because I know Mark, and also because of this profession."