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Cowboys flight diverted after coach becomes ill

10/30/2006 - Dallas Cowboys

IRVING, Texas -- An assistant coach for Dallas Cowboys
became ill on the team's flight home, forcing the chartered jet to
make an unscheduled landing in Nashville, Tenn., early Monday.

Assistant strength and conditioning coach Tony Ollison was taken
to Southern Hills Medical Center and was in stable condition, the
team said.

"The preliminary report on those tests were good," coach Bill
Parcells said. "They were going to do another set of tests this
afternoon, and I guess based on those results they would then
decide whether he'd be sent back home here or remain over there."

Dallas beat the Carolina Panthers 35-14 Sunday night, and the
jet had just taken off from Charlotte, N.C., when Ollison
complained that he was not well.

Reporters on board said team doctors examined Ollison and found
he had a low blood pressure and was sweating heavily. Ollison was
given oxygen, and the jet landed in Nashville so Ollison could get
to a hospital.

"I think we all had concerns there, but we did about the best
we could do," Parcells said. "We were on the ground in 10 minutes
about the time we decided to do that."

Airport spokeswoman Lynne Lowrance said the airport received an
emergency call that there was a possible heart attack victim on
board. Lowrance said Ollison was conscious when the flight landed.

The jet resumed its flight to Dallas-Fort Worth International
Airport, landing about 5 a.m. Monday.

Ollison has been part of the Cowboys' staff for six years and
also works as a strength and conditioning coach for the Dallas
Desperadoes of the Arena Football League. In college, he played
defensive tackle for Arkansas in 1986-90.