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Dan McCarney in hospital

[ 4 ] February 13, 2012 |

Former Iowa State football coach Dan McCarney is being treated for an undetermined illness, according to a statement sent to The Des Moines Register by North Texas State University athletic director Rick Villarreal.

The statement reads:

“Yesterday afternoon after returning from Miami I spoke with Margy McCarney who said that her husband, Dan, had experienced some medical difficulties significant enough that he was taken to the hospital.

“The details that we know at this time are that he was admitted and is currently undergoing a battery of tests and will continue to be under observation. The exact cause and nature of the symptoms of his illness are not immediately known by us at this time.

“The family has asked until a complete diagnosis and a course of treatment is established that their privacy be respected. We can’t comment any further at this time and will release information as it becomes available and approved by the family.”

McCarney, an Iowa City native, is currently the head coach at the University of North Texas. He was head coach at Iowa State from 1995 to 2006, then defensive line coach for two years at the University of South Florida and then two years as d-line coach at the University of Florida.

In a Twitter message posted today, Cyclone women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly wrote: “Please keep Dan McCarney in your thoughts and prayers after a recent stroke-no better people than he and his wife Margy!”

When Fennelly talked to reporters before practice Monday in Ames, he declined to elaborate.

“I don’t know much,” Fennelly said. “He had a little health issue. It’s kind of a family matter for them. So I think we’re going to leave it at that, for now.”

McCarney compiled a 56-85 record in his 12 seasons at Iowa State, with five bowl game appearances.

McCarney played at Iowa from 1972 to 1974 and was an assistant coach, mostly under Hayden Fry, from 1977 to 1989. He served as defensive coordinator under former Hawkeye assistant Barry Alvarez from 1990-1994 before taking over at Iowa State.

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