Alabama State coach misses game with chest pains

Updated: October 19, 2003, 9:44 PM ET
Associated Press

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.' "

Georgia: Backup quarterback D.J. Shockley will have knee surgery this week and miss the rest of the season.

Shockley, a sophomore, tore cartilage in his right knee Oct. 11 against Tennessee. He faces six months of rehabilitation, which would keep him out of spring practice next year.

"He's going to have a surgery that will end the season for him," Georgia coach Mark Richt said.

While starter David Greene has taken most snaps this season, Shockley got some playing time in every game before his injury.

Greene played the entire game Saturday as the Bulldogs (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 4 AP) defeated Vanderbilt 27-8. Redshirt freshman Joe Tereshinski III, who hasn't thrown a pass in a college game, is now the backup.

Georgia struggled to put away Vandy, which prevented Tereshinski from getting on the field.

"I would have liked to get Joe T. in the game," Richt said, "but I was more worried about winning."

This is the second major injury for Shockley. Last season, he missed four games with a broken foot.

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