Last week was marred by the image of an ambulance coming onto the field to take players off. That image re-entered our conscious as Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini required an ambulance to take him off the Corn Huskers sideline on Saturday.
Early on in the game, Pelini was spotted having his pulse taken by a member of the Nebraska medical staff. After the checkup, Pelini went on to continue to coach the Corn Huskers for the remainder of the first half but he did not come back out of the locker room in the second half and wasn’t acting as the head coach from a booth either. Instead, much to the puzzlement of fans in attendance, defensive coordinator John Papuchis was calling the plays.
This was because Pelini had to be escorted out of the stadium via ambulance, suffering from an undisclosed illness.
The Corn Huskers ended up beating Arkansas State 42-13 in a game that wasn’t really close at any point, but the final score is the last thing on the minds of Pelini’s players. This isn’t the first time a Big 10 head coach has been taken off the field in an ambulance. Just last year, Minnesota Gophers head coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure on the sidelines during a game at TCF Bank Stadium and was hospitalized for a week.
There is no further word available;e on Pelini’s health status.