Bishop Carroll Head Coach Alan Schuckman is aiming to make an appearance at Eagles football practice Thursday, despite undergoing an emergency appendectomy Monday.
Monday was the first day that high school teams across Kansas were allowed to practice. However, Schuckman never made it to the field. He said he began feeling sick Sunday night at a team dinner, and starting having abdominal pain Monday morning. Defensive coordinator Jim Nance suggested Schuckman visit a doctor, who in turn instructed Schuckman to drive to Wesley Medical Center. That was just about the time the team's first practice was starting.
"Of all the days for it to happen," Schuckman said from his home Wednesday night. "It could have been any day at all this summer, but it was the first day of practice."
The defending state champion coach says he will listen to his body on Thursday, but speaks with a demeanor that suggests he won't be missing that day, the first day in pads. He hasn't been instructed by a doctor to sit out any specific amount of time.
"I won't be able to run around and act crazy for awhile, but I don't do a lot of that anyway," he said.
Seven members of Schuckman's coaching staff has been together at Bishop Carroll for at least 15 years, so the head coach says practice has been "business as usual."
What is far from usual is the idea of Alan Schuckman missing a practice. The last one he can remember missing was 14 years ago when his daughter was born. Even while missing practice, though, Schuckman says he has had time at home to watch game film.
Bishop Carroll is coming off its first state championship since 1978 after going 13-0 in Schuckman's 18th season with the Golden Eagles.
"It could have been worse," Schuckman said. "It could have happened on game day."
Schuckman's all-time record is 152-40.