After chest discomfort, Bertman could leave hospital Monday

Updated: June 1, 2008, 6:10 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU's outgoing athletic director and former national championship baseball coach Skip Bertman could go home as early as Monday after being hospitalized with what doctors believed were early signs of a heart attack.

LSU sports spokesman Herb Vincent said the 70-year-old Bertman was resting Sunday after doctors on Saturday placed a stent in one of the main arteries carrying blood from the heart.

"He had a good night," Vincent said. "He's sitting up and watching TV."

Bertman was on campus earlier Saturday working in his office and began to feel discomfort after driving home to get ready for LSU's NCAA regional game against Southern Mississippi on Saturday night, which LSU won 13-4.

Bertman's wife, Sandy, drove him to the hospital and notified LSU athletics officials of her husband's condition later Saturday night.

"It's a good thing he went to the hospital when he did," Vincent said Sunday.

As LSU baseball coach, Bertman led the Tigers to five national titles -- in 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 2000 -- while leading the Tigers to 11 College World Series appearances beginning in 1986. He retired from coaching and became athletic director after the 2002 season and is due to officially step into a fundraising role as athletic director emeritus on July 1.


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