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Updated: Tulane’s coach admitted to hospital citing fatigue


Tulane coach Curtis Johnson had to be admitted to the hospital Tuesday for what is being described as a fatigue issue, a team doctor told media during a media luncheon.

Johnson is currently finishing up some tests, but it’s not clear when he will be released from the hospital. Here’s what team Dr. Greg Stewart said about the situation via the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

“Right now I just got off the phone with the doctors at the emergency room. CJ is doing fine. He is sitting there talking with him. They’re going to finish up some of the bloodwork. None of the results are really back yet. … He’s doing fine. He’s talking and cutting up like he normally does so we’re expecting the results to come back and for him to be released shortly.”

Johnson (pictured, left) was working out this morning, but it’s not entirely clear when he left practice. Here’s hoping he’s okay and can get back to his team.

Tulane lost to Rutgers 24-12 over the weekend, Johnson’s first game as the Green Wave head coach.

Updated 7:35 p.m. ET: Tulane released a statement this afternoon addressing Johnson’s health. The good news is that he’s been discharged from the hospital and will be able to return to practice on Wednesday. Here’s the statement.

“This morning, Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson showed signs of heat illness and dehydration during the Green Wave’s morning practice and was transported to Tulane University Hospital & Clinic for evaluation.  He will be discharged to return home this evening.  He is in good condition and is expected to return to his coaching duties on Wednesday.”

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  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 4, 2012 4:04 PM

    Coach Curtis Johnson is a good man and a good coach. He may have been “burning the candle at both ends” since he has been in a whirlwind since he became coach. He has been granting interviews to every one who asked, meeting with grads and boosters, meeting with stadium construction foes to sooth their objections. Coach Johnson was helping all he could in the hurricane prep and hurricane aftermath, being genuinely concerned for his staff and players through all that upheaval, and more that he did behind the scenes that is not known publicly.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Curtis for complete rest and recuperation.

    Our power was only just restored. We suffered roof damage, water incursion in various places, downed trees and fences, but no loss of life or limb in our family or among our family, neighbors, and friends.

    Our thoughts and prayers remain with so many who do not have power yet, nor have clean water, good food, or proper help. We want to thank all the workers who have come from Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

    It was a Georgia Power crew who restored our electrical power earlier today. They laughed and said, “We would have come sooner if we had known you had jambalaya ready for us!” Bless them all!

  2. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 4, 2012 4:59 PM

    Tell him to call Urban Meyer for a copy of the contract Urban wrote for his family. It seems to have reduced the stress and fatigue in Urban’s life. OK Fla fans, I mentioned Urban’s health issues so I’m sure some of you will feel obligated to trash him.

  3. southernpatriots says: Sep 4, 2012 5:13 PM


    I think you have a great idea. I am going to email a colleague of mine I have known since medical school who taught some courses at Tulane and see if he can reach at least Curtis’ assistant. Urban’s daughter forced that contract on her dad, I think I heard. I think Curtis’ wife would do the same for Curtis now….ha. If it was Urban’s daughter that did the contract for Urban, that is a smart and loving daughter.

    Another good thing– maybe talk with Spurrier or Leach and take life the way they both do, with a great sense of humor and even laugh at themselves, while stirring some others up a little…ha. The older I get, the more I am trying to do that.

    By the way, Thank you!…the adding of crisped rice to the chocolate buckeyes turned out great! I was going to make some today but it is 110 F heat index today (not good for chocolate…or me! ha.)

    Thank God we did get power back earlier today…I have been cooking hundreds of meals daily in my smoker, bbq, roaster, et al which uses propane. Propane here has doubled in price but the propane co. knew we were cooking for others and just delivered me 40 canisters free and I still have a few full ones remaining.

  4. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 5, 2012 12:11 PM

    You’re welcome for the Rice Krispies suggestion. I’m glad to hear you have power.

  5. southernpatriots says: Sep 5, 2012 1:52 PM


    I am glad it appears Coach Curtis will be fine. I am sure his doctors are telling him what to avoid to keep him from going back into the hospital any time soon.

    The biggest advantage (at least to me) for having electrical power now is to have air conditioning.
    I looked back a few days and heat index (factor) was 105, 107, 105, 110, 105, 108…..WWL radio and all radio and tv news outlets were warning about keeping hydrated, etc. I think that hurricane not only brought us huge rain and a surge almost as big as Katrina (13 ft. to Katrina’s 16 ft). I thought at times I was near something like Curtis had, but drenched my head with water, put a wet towel around my neck, drank some water and some sports drink and rested a little and then was able to get back to the heat, smoking, roasting, etc. I thought it was my age, but thinking more about that now, I think that may have only been part of it, and the major part the temps.

    I heard an expert state this was the last time he would ever consider the category of a storm, thinking the lower category would bring less damage. I think this storm brought us up heat and hot weather from the tropics as well, because we usually do not have quite this high of a temperature with the humidity (heat index) this late.

  6. dmcgrann says: Sep 5, 2012 6:39 PM

    southernpatriots, I’m glad you have your power back, and appreciate your comments about the out of state linemen. Though we don’t have the frequency and usually not the severity of these storms that you do in your location, it’s always fascinated me to see how well the mutual responses work. My hat’s off to the guys who restored our power after the last three “big ones” – Detroit Edison, Hydro Quebec, and Duke Power. The guys from Detroit and Quebec made quite a haul to get here.

    One thing that’s usually in your favor after these storms is that the storm blows away a lot of humidity, at least for a day or two, though it’s hard to appreciate it when you’re trying to do stuff like cut up fallen trees and find ice.

    Your expert is right. It would be interesting to know how many people have died because, “it’s only a tropical storm, not a hurricane”.

  7. southernpatriots says: Sep 5, 2012 7:44 PM


    I never missed A/C as much as the past week or so. It was 105, 108, 110, and 112 heat indexes and I guess my age has something to do with it or cooking at a propane smoker, bbq grill, and roaster, but I was so glad to get the power back just to sit in my chair under A/C! I thought I was in heaven.

    I have to tell you word we received from a neighbor who lives on the next block. She said that our local electrical company sent trucks by the first days of the power outage and they just passed by and did not stop. She finally stopped them on the third day and they said they were only surveying the lines and transformers, etc. They said they would send back a repair crew within a couple of hours. Repair crews did not arrive. Next day same thing.

    Two days after that Georgia Power trucks came by. She stopped one truck and told the men which houses were without electricity. They said, “That is what we were waiting for. Someone to tell us, so we could get to work!” They repaired that block and then came to our block and repaired it. It was about lunch by then so I brought them all hot shrimp, sausage, and smoked chicken jambalaya with French bread, sides and some Southern (sweet) iced tea.

    They were thrilled because they did not know where to eat because of the restaurants were closed. The next morning our local electrical company trucks came by again and stopped and asked how we now had electricity. We told them. They responded, “They weren’t supposed to do that. That is for us to do!” I did not even answer them, I just starred at them and they left quickly. Strange.

    Thank God for the crews from out of state who came to help. Reminds me of when we were among the first responders after Katrina and when firemen and emergency workers from Alabama, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Chicago, and all over started showing up, it gave us hope that we might just be able to rescue all the precious elderly of the Ninth Ward who were in their attics to escape the flood waters.

    It looks as if those in charge will not report the actual casualties of this storm. They are reporting those who died in Mississippi from the tornadoes spawned and floodings but not Louisiana. I have some real problems with these guys and gals in charge.

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