North Texas football coach Dan McCarney has been released from a hospital after suffering a stroke on Feb. 12, according to the Associated Press. He was released last Thursday and is already back to work, spending about an hour a day at the office, a university spokesman confirmed.
Two days after suffering the stroke, McCarney released a statement on the school's official athletic web site thanking people for their support and well-wishes. He also described what happened:
"After suffering numbness on the left side of my body Sunday, we called 911 and were subsequently rushed to the hospital. I have been told by the doctors that the early recognition of the symptoms and the quick response of the paramedics indeed helped minimize the impact of the stroke. Thanks to the care of the wonderful medical staff that I have been under, I am confident that there will be no long-lasting effects and I will be able to return my normal routine in time.
"While I have a great passion for coaching and approach my job with a tireless effort, I’m sure that my doctors will ask that I as I return to work I take the necessary time to get back into my normal routine. I fully intend on leading the North Texas football program through spring drills and can’t wait to be back around my staff and players.
"If there is any lesson to be learned in all of this it is to make yourself aware of the signs of a stroke and act immediately when those signs become present. I’m not sure if our quick reaction saved my life, but it definitely saved the quality of my life."
McCarney, 58, just completed his first season at the helm of North Texas, leading the Mean Green to a 5-7 record in 2011 (4-4 in the Sun Belt Conference) one year after the team finished 3-9. McCarney was previously the head coach at Iowa State from 1995 to 2006 before stints as a defensive line coach at South Florida in 2007 and Florida in 2008-2010.