Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard hospitalized after heart attack

UPDATE (3:30 p.m. ET)

Iowa State said athletic director Jamie Pollard will have open heart surgery later in the week after suffering a heart attack on Monday evening.

Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard will be transferred this afternoon to Des Moines Methodist Hospital for continuing care and treatment following a heart attack he suffered Monday afternoon.

Pollard was admitted and treated at Allen Hospital in Waterloo but the move to Des Moines Methodist gets him closer to home.

Pollard will have open heart surgery later in the week in Des Moines.

“It has been overwhelming to have received so many messages of support,” Pollard said. “Our family is so appreciative of the uplifting and encouraging thoughts and prayers.”

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard was taken to an Iowa hospital Monday night after having a heart attack while watching his daughters' track meet.

From Iowa State's statement:

Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard was taken by ambulance Monday afternoon to Allen Hospital in Waterloo. He suffered a heart attack while watching his daughters compete in the Girls Varsity Invitational track meet on the UNI Campus.

Pollard spent Monday night in the hospital for observation and treatment. He remains hospitalized at Allen today.

Iowa State President Steven Leath has appointed Senior Associate Athletics Director David Harris the acting AD while Pollard recuperates.

Pollard is in his 10th year as Iowa State's athletic director. In October, he was fined $25,000 and reprimanded by the Big 12 after criticizing the officiating in a loss to Oklahoma State. In his postgame rant, Pollard called for increased accountability after poor decisions.

At the end of the first half, Oklahoma State was given a touchdown after a replay review when it appeared RB Desmond Roland may not have made it into the end zone.

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