Nearing the end of the first quarter of IU’s game against Michigan Saturday in Bloomington, Michigan running backs coach Mike Hart suffered a seizure, leading to him being carted off the field on a stretcher. The diagnosis was reported by FOX during the halftime show.
Hart was a running backs coach at IU before he returned to his alma mater to take the same position.
The Wolverines went to their knees around the area while trainers tended to Hart. In solidarity, Indiana’s players also took a knee — and Memorial Stadium went silent.
IU head coach Tom Allen went over to check on Hart before he was carted off.
As he left the field, Hart gave a thumbs up on the way up the tunnel, and left the stadium, responsive, in an ambulance with his wife for further evaluation at a local hospital.
“Prayers for Mike Hart, I don’t know the situation,” Allen said after the game. “I’m very close with Mike, talked to him this week even via text before we played them. Sounds like he’s going to be okay, but obviously a concern when he went down. Our hearts for him and his family are heavy. We’re praying that he’s going to have a full recovery.”
After graduating from Michigan in 2009, Hart was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played three seasons for the Colts, primarily in a back-up role, carrying the ball 71 times for 264 yards and two TDs in 21 games. He was a member of the Colts’ Super Bowl XLIV team and had two carries in the loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Hart coached at IU from 2017 to 2020.
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) October 8, 2022
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Michigan's RB coach Mike Hart collapsed on the sideline against Indiana.
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"Coach Mike Hart has left Memorial Stadium in an ambulance for further evaluation with his wife by his side and he was alert on the stretcher, giving the thumbs up."@JennyTaft gives the latest update on the @UMichFootball RB Coach pic.twitter.com/w7tubrSOnb
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