ANN ARBOR, Mich. (BVM) – Saturday’s important conference football matchup between Michigan and Indiana quickly turned observers’ attention away from a tie ballgame following a medical emergency in the first quarter involving Wolverines running game coordinator, Mike Hart.
Hart, 36, had to be carted off during the opening quarter of play after collapsing on the Michigan sideline. The television broadcast reported during halftime that the current Wolverines coach suffered a seizure and was taken to a hospital for overnight evaluation.
“During the game Mike had a medical emergency, he’s in stable condition and he’s going to stay overnight here in Bloomington for observation,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said following the game. “Talking about Mike and his health, all our prayers go out to him.”
On Monday morning, the university shared a statement from Hart who said that things were “trending in the right direction.” The Michigan coach was moving when he was carted off and offered a thumbs-up to the worried crowd.
“I would like to thank everyone for their support, messages, and prayers,” Hart said. “I am truly grateful for the trainers and paramedics, the doctors and nurses at IU Hospital, Michigan’s team doctors, coaching staff, players and Coach Harbaugh. I would also like to thank IU’s football staff and team doctors. I will never forget everyone’s kindness and generosity.
“My wife and I are thankful to be surrounded by such incredible people. Health-wise, I am back in Ann Arbor and things are trending in a positive direction. I look forward to rejoining our team soon.”
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) October 10, 2022
The medical emergency created a stunned scene in Bloomington as players were visually shaken by the event. Indiana coaches made sure to come out on the field and check on the former Hoosiers coach, who was a part of the team’s staff from 2017-20.
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 8, 2022
Hart has been an integral part of Harbaugh’s recent program shift, helping take the program from a 2-4 record in 2020 to a 12-2 record in his first season with the team in 2021. The Wolverines’ dynamic running back duo of Hassan Haskins and Blake Corum were the focal point of last year’s offense and Hart has quickly adjusted the rushing attack in 2022 with Haskins now at the professional level. Behind Corum and sophomore Donovan Edwards, Michigan has neared the top of the NCAA in rushing early on.
The former Wolverines’ great has continued the team’s positive ascension so far this season, helping Michigan to an undefeated record following its 31-10 victory on Saturday.
Although Hart shared in his statement that he was looking forward to returning to the sideline, no exact timeframe has been announced.