It turns out when referee Bert Smith collapsed during the USC-Gonzaga game, it probably saved his life.
Smith told the Indianapolis Star that Dr. Katie Trammell insisted on running tests that eventually detected a blood clot in his lung.
“She sits down next to the bed,” Smith said, “and she says: ‘I saw your fall tonight. Something doesn’t add up. I want to know why you fell.’ She checked a few things out, came back in, and took me through the car wash. Just a lot of tests. And they found out.
“She said: ‘I got the answer to the question. You went down because you had a blood clot in your lung.’”
Smith was put on blood thinners and two days later, the clot was discharged.