Al Schmidt Admitted To Hospital

ATHENS, Ga. – Al Schmidt, Mississippi State's director of track and field, went into cardiac arrest on Thursday at the SEC Championships in Georgia and was transported to the Athens Regional Medical Center, where he is likely to have bypass surgery on Monday.

He did receive two shocks from an AED at the track, but he was alert and communicating as he was transported to the hospital, where he received a cardiac catheterization. Today, doctors will insert an AICD (Automatic, ,Implantable, Cardioverter-Defibrillator) and continue to monitor him and review all the tests he has undergone.

"Our prayers are with Al and his family," MSU athletics director Scott Stricklin said. "We wish him a speedy recovery."

Schmidt, 60, is in his 23rd season at Mississippi State, having spent the first 22 as a head coach before being named director of track and field last August.

"We feel surrounded with love with the outpouring of support from the Mississippi State family of coaches, staff, student-athletes and alumni," Schmidt's wife, Jessie, said. "We are also very grateful to the University of Georgia Sports Medicine staff and the staff at the Athens Regional Medical Center for the care they provided." Recommended Stories

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