The Mean Green's bye week turned scary Thursday night, when 45-year-old coach Darrell Dickey suffered a heart attack and remained in a Denton hospital until Saturday while recovering from surgery. The news of Dickey's hospitalization did not surface until Sunday, after he addressed the team in a meeting. He released a short statement saying, in part, "I feel very fortunate to have such great support within my family and friends when a situation like this happens," and the school said that assistant Kenny Evans will assume interim head coaching duties.
Things actually could get worse for the Cardinal, who virtually assured themselves a place in the Pac-10 cellar -- and significantly increased their chances of going 0-12 -- with a 20-7 loss to bumbling Arizona on Saturday. In the process of suffering its seventh defeat of 2006, Stanford's Nos. 1 (Trent Edwards) and 2 (T.C. Ostrander) quarterbacks were injured. Edwards was thought to have a broken foot while Ostrander could return next week, which is a good thing, because the Card's No. 3 signal-caller, Tavita Pritchard, had been moved to wide receiver in late September.