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CSU women's basketball coach Jonathan Norton released from hospital

Columbus State women's basketball coach Jonathan Norton.
Columbus State women's basketball coach Jonathan Norton.

Columbus State women's basketball coach Jonathan Norton was released from the Northeast Georgia Medical Center on Thursday afternoon and was returning to Columbus, according to a news release from the school.

Norton, 43, fell face down onto the basketball court on Wednesday night as his Lady Cougars played North Georgia at Memorial Gym in Dahlonega, Ga.

It was first feared that Norton suffered a heart attack as he complained of chest pain and left shoulder pain. But that was quickly ruled out once he arrived at NGMC.

Norton spent the night at NGMC and was discharged once all of his tests came back normal.

"From my entire family, I would like to say thank you to everyone that reached out to us whether it was by phone call, text message or social media," Norton said in the news release. "The amount of people reaching out was very humbling and the family very much appreciates all the prayers and kind words. We are very lucky and blessed to be a part of this great community and to be surrounded by such wonderful friends, families and colleagues."

Norton's status for Saturday's game at Augusta has not been determined, according to the news release.

Assistant coach Kiersten Reid assumed the head coach's role when Wednesday night's game resumed after a lengthy delay.

Norton is in his seventh season as CSU's head coach, having taken over for program founder Jay Sparks.

North Georgia won the game 73-70 in overtime. CSU is 12-2 and 6-1 in the Peach Belt Conference.

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