Coach Mark Dantonio's heart attack comes as a big surprise to MSU students, especially after Saturday night's overtime victory over Notre Dame.
"It's very sad because the game last night, it was so good and so intense," said freshman Karli Saracco.
"After that game last night, everyone was so happy," said freshman Nawar Dimitry.
"I was shocked," said freshman student-athlete Nick McGowan. "I was on the field last night and he was standing five feet in front of me. To think that man had a heart attack, it's wierd to think about."
Students hope Dantonio recovers soon for his own sake and for the team's.
"He's a great coach and a great person," said Dimitry, "so hopefully everything will be okay."
"The team needs him, obviously," added Saracco. "He does wonders for the team."
One student had an optimistic point of view.
"I'm pretty sure the players and coach have a great relationship, so with that being said, something like this would motivate them instead of making them fall off track," said sophomore Antonio Ziegler.
But there's no doubt the players will be affected. One student-athlete touched on the close relationship between a coach and player.
"You're with them like four or five hours a day," said McGowan, a member of the swim team. "They start to become like your parents almost. I've only known my coach for a month, but even then if he had a heart attack, I'd be pretty upset about it, so I'm sure these football player are feeling really down today."
Today is a day they probably thought would be full of victory celebrations.
Students hope the coach's absence won't affect the season and that he's back in action soon.