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Hospital exit short-lived for Jackson

Hospital exit short-lived for Jackson
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
Obion County Central head football coach Shawn Jackson is back in the intensive care unit at Baptist Hospital-Union City after being released briefly on Friday.
Jackson, whose unbeaten, state-ranked team had an open date last week, is suffering from diverticulitis.
The coach was first hospitalized a week ago today but had improved enough to be discharged on Friday.
He was back in ICU by that evening, however, and is continuing to be treated by antibiotics. Surgery reportedly remains a possibility, according to both the coach and his tending physician.
Jackson claimed on Saturday he’d not eaten nor drank anything for six days due to doctor’s orders and fear that either of those actions would aggravate his condition.
Nonetheless, the coach insisted he will  be involved in preparations for his team’s District 13AA showdown with seventh-ranked Covington this week — but likely from afar and probably on a limited basis.
The fourth-year Rebel skipper, who was in considerable discomfort on Saturday, said he hoped to improve enough by the end of the week to be discharged from the hospital and “fine tune” the game plan before Friday’s game.
Another more likely scenario, however, could see some sort of communication hooked up between Jackson at the hospital and his assistants who’d carry out his instructions on game night.
He said if he were indeed able to attend Friday’s contest before an expected overflow crowd at Troy that he’d perform any coaching duties from the press box.
The Central coaching staff of Chuck Foley, Billy Windsor, Adam Dowland, Chris Smith, Andrew Atkins and L.D. Wherry will remain in charge of the program’s day-to-day operations until Jackson returns.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at mhutch@ucmessen ger.com.
Published in The Messenger 10.10.11

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