Updated 09/18/2012 07:28 PM
After health scare, Elon head coach hopes to return to sideline soon
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BURLINGTON, N.C. – Elon cruised to a 48-14 victory over West Virginia State on Saturday and they did so without their leader, Head Coach Jason Swepson, who experienced chest pains a day earlier.
“The prognosis on Coach Swepson is very positive,” said athletics director Dave Bank. “The good thing is he was smart enough to entertain a scare in the right way relative to saying, 'I'm not sure what that was but I'll be OK.'
“He went to the hospital and it's a good thing that he did because there was blockage and they were able to take care of it.”
The Phoenix open their conference schedule on the road at Georgia Southern this weekend and it's highly unlikely Swepson will be back on the sidelines, but they're hopeful he can travel with the team and coach from the press box.
“If he makes a decision that he wants to go to Statesboro, we're not going to get in the way of that, and if he wants to be involved in coaching, we're probably wouldn't get in the way of that, but there's going to be a lot of conversation,” Bank said.
Defensive Coordinator Ed Pinkham took on the head coaching responsibility last weekend and will likely assume that role at Georgia Southern even if Swepson decides to travel down with the squad.
“I think any football coach, that's a difficult thing,” Pinkham said. “You want to be down there. You want to be with your kids.”
The game kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday.