Updated 4:00 p.m. ET: Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne said coach Bo Pelini is “doing fine” after leaving in an ambulance during the Huskers’ game against Arkansas State. Pelini wasn’t feeling well during the game and did not coach the second half. Here’s the statement from Osborne:
“As far as I know, all news on Bo (Pelini) is good. Precautionary tests. 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. I think that’s what he’d want you guys to know. We expect him to be probably back at it pretty soon. The guys you really need to talk to are the coordinators, so I’ll turn it over to those guys at this point. That’s about all I can tell you right now. It was strictly precautionary and, so far, everything has been just fine.”
It’s not entirely clear what Pelini was suffering from, but ESPN reported it was because of flu-like symptoms. In his own statement, Pelini didn’t offer much explanation:
“Everything is fine. They ran some precautionary tests 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.”
To say that Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has been sidelined with a health issue during today’s game against Arkansas State isn’t quite accurate; he’s actually not on the sideline.
He was, however, in the Huskers locker room as Nebraska took the field for the second half up 28-3 on the Red Wolves. ESPN2 is reporting that Pelini hasn’t been feeling well since this morning and has left the stadium in an ambulance. That has not been confirmed by the university.
A team trainer was taking Pelini’s pulse on the sideline in the first half.
Defensive coordinator John Papuchis is the acting head coach right now for Nebraska. Certainly, here’s hoping Pelini will be alright.