Pelini doing ‘fine’ after health scare

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, who left Memorial Stadium by ambulance in the middle of Saturday’s game, has been released from a Lincoln hospital after undergoing tests.

Pelini said in a statement immediately after the Cornhuskers’ 42-13 win that ”everything checked out just fine.” He said he planned to work Sunday.

Nebraska spokesman Keith Mann said Pelini was out of the hospital Saturday night.

Pelini began feeling ill during the first half, and a member of the Nebraska medical staff checked Pelini’s pulse on the sideline. Doctors treated him in the locker room at halftime.

Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis could tell something wasn’t quite right with the Nebraska head coach known for being effusive and emotional.

”Not that I knew there was anything wrong with him,” Papuchis said. ”He was just a little bit less vocal than he normally is.”

There was no word on the nature of Pelini’s symptoms.

Papuchis led the team onto the field for the third quarter and shared head coaching duties with offensive coordinator Tim Beck.

”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.”

Linebacker Will Compton said there was a subdued mood in the locker room when Papuchis and Beck told the team that Pelini was heading to the hospital.

”We did it for him out there, we did it for each other,” Compton said.