Pelini leaves game in ambulance; says he will be OK

2012-09-15T14:40:00Z 2012-09-16T14:38:04Z Pelini leaves game in ambulance; says he will be OKBy the Lincoln Journal Star
September 15, 2012 2:40 pm  • 

Bo Pelini was taken from Memorial Stadium in an ambulance during Nebraska's 42-13 win against Arkansas State, but the Nebraska football coach says he is doing fine.

A person close to Pelini said he had been released from the hospital by late Saturday afternoon.

"Everything is fine," the coach said in a statement. "They ran some precautionary tests on me and everything checked out just fine. I plan to be back at work tomorrow. I’m proud of our team and coaching staff for the way they responded this afternoon."

It was unclear at which hospital Pelini was treated. Spokespeople at the three major Lincoln hospitals said they had no information available.

Pelini left the game at halftime after TV cameras showed members of Nebraska's training staff tending to him on the sideline during the second quarter. It appeared they were checking his pulse.

During his halftime interview with ESPN2, Pelini told a sideline reporter that he was OK, but was feeling under the weather. However, the fifth-year Nebraska head coach did not return to the sideline for the second half.

Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne addressed the situation after the game.

"As far as I know, all news on Bo is good," Osborne said. "Word we've gotten back from the hospital is that he's doing fine. I guess you can never say anything absolutely conclusively, but it looks as though he's in good shape."

The team was told about Pelini's health issues during halftime. Pelini did not speak to the team during the break.

"Our players handled the situation really well," an emotional Tim Beck said after the game. "I didn't handle it well as I should have. They were better."

Defensive coordinator John Papuchis was the acting head coach during the second half.

Papuchis said he noticed something wasn't right during the second quarter when Pelini wasn't as vocal on the sideline.

"My initial reaction was more as a friend than a business colleague so I kind of had to compose myself for a second," Papuchis said.

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