Pelini okay after trip to hospital

Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne said head coach Bo Pelini is fine.

Lincoln, NE - Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini is "just fine" according to athletic director Tom Osborne, after the fifth-year coach was taken to a local Lincoln hospital at halftime during Saturday's game against Arkansas State. Pelini reportedly felt ill during the first half.

"I guess you can never say anything absolutely conclusively, but it looks as though he's in good shape," said Osborne. "It was strictly precautionary."

Medical staff was seen checking Pelini's pulse midway through the second quarter. He would not return to the field and did not address his players during halftime according to Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis. Papuchis served as acting-head coach in the second half.

"Bo is as close to me as anybody," Papuchis said, "so my initial reaction was more as a friend than business colleague. I had to compose myself for a second because of my concern for his well-being. At the end of the day he would want nothing other than for us to go out and perform as well as we possibly could, so you have to pull together and go to work."

In a statement to the media after the 42-13 win, Pelini said he would be back to work tomorrow.

"Everything is fine, they ran some precautionary tests on me and everything checked out," said Pelini. "I'm proud of our team and coaching staff on how they responded. "

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports NEXT since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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