Charlotte 49ers offensive line coach Phil Ratliff has been hospitalized for what is being called a “cardiac event,” according to a statement from the university that was reported by John Taylor of NBC Sports’ College Football Talk.
“The Ratliff family and the 49ers football program are thankful for the many prayers and well-wishes being sent their way by friends, family and fans,” the school wrote in its release.
“Complete details are not available at this time and we urge individuals to avoid speculation out of respect for the family,” the release added.
Ratliff has been a coach at Charlotte since 2012, the year before the university reinstated the football program on the FCS level. Prior to that, he was the tight ends coach at Marshall, his alma mater. In his two seasons with the 49ers, the team has gone 10-12 and opens its first Conference USA season against the Sun Belt’s Georgia State Panthers at the Georgia Dome on September 4.
Campus Sports will update Ratliff’s condition as more information becomes available.
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