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Relieving stress can be tough for coaches

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was released from a Lansing hospital Tuesday afternoon after having an angioplasty Sunday morning.

Dantonio had a heart attack after the Spartans' 34-31 overtime victory over Notre Dame and had a stent inserted to open a blocked blood vessel near the heart.

Purdue coach Danny Hope was asked during his weekly press conference on Tuesday just how stressful college coaching can be.

"You guys can be nicer and make it a lot easier," Hope joked with reporters in attendance before turning serious. "(Coaching is) total life consuming. During the season, if it's an 80-hour week, it's a short week. Usually, you dip into a 100-hour week. Those aren't exaggerations. Those are legit. And it goes on for hundreds of days in a row. The bigger it gets, the bigger it gets and the more there is. So it is total life consuming, and it is fast-paced. It's a stressful occupation in a lot of ways."

Hope said he doesn't do much to try to alleviate the stress. But he said the fun he has on the practice field and being around the players is an outlet.

"I personally don't do anything other than work during football season and recruiting season. I don't have any hobbies," he said. "I will take some vacation time and fish some and spend time with family, but it's life consuming if you want to compete and if you have the aspirations to be the best."

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