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McCarney reminds us to smell the roses

Dan McCarney sat down with CBSsports.com's Brett McMurphy to talk about how things have been since his stroke a few weeks ago.

McCarney says that he remembers everything. It all started with a ringing in his ears, and he tried to stand up, but couldn't. He also recalls being scared for his wife and son (who were both in the room when it happened), as well as his two daughters.

"The first thing I'm thinking is my son and wife are right here: Is this it? I'm so emotional for them, not me. I can handle pain. I'm scared for them." McCarney recalled.

After his release, and sorting through countless voicemails and texts, there was one from mentor Urban Meyer. McCarney said that one thing that he learned from Urban after the leave of his own was to start to delegate more and "stick my nose in everything" and overall, just slow down a bit.

"Could I possibility enjoy life any more? I didn't think I could, but I do after that happened, can I cherish being a head coach any more? I didn't think I could, but I do. When those things happen to you, it really brings it into perspective: how much you have, how much you love what you do." he said. 

McCarney's quote about the stroke being "nothing anything a little Grey Goose won't fix" was a huge hit on Twitter, and he admits he may have to wait a little longer to indulge in that. "I don't know a doctor yet that says a little Grey Goose will help recover. But after a victory, there's nothing like a Grey Goose."

It's good to hear that Coach McCarney is back to a (more reflective) version of his old self.

 

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