ASU coach hospitalized with chest pains

Updated: October 19, 2003, 3:07 PM ET

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama State coach Charlie Coe was hospitalized with chest pains and missed the team's game with Prairie View A&M.

Defensive coordinator Tony Pierce directed the Hornets to a 59-7 win Saturday night while Coe listened on the radio at Jackson Hospital.

Coe, 54, said he went to the hospital after experiencing chest pains Friday afternoon and didn't know when he would return to the team. He was listed in guarded condition Sunday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

He took over on an interim basis in August after L.C. Cole was suspended following the school's internal investigation into allegations of NCAA violations.

"We're just praying for Coach Coe and wanted to go out and play hard," running back Keldrick Williams said. "Coach Coe had a message for us: 'You never know when it's your time."

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