Less than two minutes into The Citadel’s Monday night game against fifth-ranked Duke, Bulldogs coach Duggar Baucom fainted on the sideline, requiring immediate medical attention.
The Citadel had just connected on their first basket of the game when Baucom, 61, suddenly collapsed with 18:57 remaining in the first half. He was eventually helped to his feet, escorted out of Cameron Indoor Arena and taken to the university’s hospital.
“All things considered, he’s as good as he can be,” associate head coach Jack Castleberry said following the game. “He was coherent the entire time. … He just said he was in pain.”
No reason has been provided for Baucom’s scary fall, though he was conscious and alert when he he left the Duke home gym.
Castleberry took over coaching duties for the remainder of the game. That’s a situation neither Castleberry nor the team wanted, but they had to adjust.
“When you go to school at The Citadel, you face some pretty challenging stuff. As scary as that is and as … terrifying. They know they got to push through,” said Castleberry. “That’s what you’re taught day in and day out.”
Following the 107-81 loss, The Citadel released a statement saying that Baucom was “alert and in good spirits.” He was evaluated overnight at Duke University Hospital and was expected to return home by mid-day Tuesday.