Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini returned to work on Sunday, just a day after he was taken to the hospital during the team’s game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves.
An ambulance took Pelini to a Lincoln hospital just after halftime for some precautionary tests. Pelini was eventually released later on Saturday,indicated that everything checked out fine and that he would be returning to work on Sunday. Although there was no mention of his symptoms, a team doctor checked Pelini’s pulse on the sideline during the second quarter.
Defensive coordinator John Papuchis and offensive coordinator Tim Beck took care of the head coaching responsibilities after Pelini exited the game. The Cornhuskers went on to rout the Red Wolves 42-13 and the victory vaulted them back into the top 25 national rankings.
Health scares to college football coaches, especially in the Big 10, have not been uncommon in recent years.
Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer just returned to football this season after he took a year off following the 2010 season. Then with the Florida Gators, Meyer was suffering from chest pains, difficulty sleeping and weight loss.
Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans had a mild heart attack just hours after he made a crucial fake field goal call to beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2010. He had surgery to correct a blocked blood vessel and was forced to miss two games.
Minnesota Golden Gophers coach Jerry Kill collapsed from a seizure in the team’s 2011 home opener against the New Mexico State Aggies. Kill had experienced seizures before and his medicine was adjusted to control them.