Tulane head football coach Curtis Johnson was taken to the hospital Tuesday after he was stricken with what school officials are calling fatigue caused by heat.
The school's athletic department released the following statement later Tuesday afternoon upon Johnson's release from Tulane Hospital in downtown New Orleans following the incident:
“This morning, Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson showed signs of heat illness and dehydration during the Green Wave’s morning practice and was transported to Tulane University Hospital & Clinic for evaluation. He will be discharged to return home this evening. He is in good condition and is expected to return to his coaching duties on Wednesday.”
Athletic director Rick Dickson indicated in a statement before what was scheduled to be the first of the coach's weekly in-season press conferences that Johnson became fatigued during the morning Green Wave practice and was transported to the hospital as a precaution.
"Coach Johnson is undergoing evaluation and updates will be provided when available," Dickson said at the Wilson Center on the Tulane campus.
Tulane lost to Rutgers in Johnson's debut as head coach this past Saturday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The 50-year old took the Green Wave job after spending 2006-11 as wide receivers coach for the New Orleans Saints.
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