Dan McCarney points to vodka as a cure-all after suffering a stroke

North Texas coach Dan McCarney suffered a stroke Sunday shortly after his daily workout and was rushed via helicopter to a hospital in Denton, Texas.

"I was just sitting down to eat a sandwich when my left side went numb," McCarney told the Des Moines Register. "Talk about a scary feeling.

"Something happened on the left side in the back of my brain. My left side — all of a sudden everything went numb."

McCarney, who coached at Iowa State for 12 seasons, is still in the hospital undergoing tests, but told the paper that doctors think he'll be fine with no permanent damage. He also said he would be ready for North Texas' spring football practice, which begins March 28.

Even though the entire incident was a frightening moment for the second-year coach, he did manage to be in good spirits (see what I did there?) about it.

"I'm supposed to get out of the hospital in a couple days," he said. "I feel good right now. I've got a little tingling feeling, but hey, if that's the worst of it, I'd say I'm a pretty lucky guy.

"Nothing wrong with me that a little Grey Goose won't cure."

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