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LINCOLN — Bo Pelini said Monday he's been given “a clean bill of health.”
The Nebraska football coach was taken via ambulance to a Lincoln hospital during halftime of Saturday's game against Arkansas State. He was released later that afternoon.
“I've never had health issues, I don't have health issues,” Pelini said. “... I'm not just healthy, I'm very healthy.”
Pelini, in his first public comments since the incident, said his stomach wasn't feeling well Saturday morning.
His symptoms got worse once the game started. He felt dizziness and “severe heartburn that was going from my stomach up.”
A team doctor checked Pelini's pulse during the game. At halftime, doctors conducted additional tests and sent him to the hospital.
Pelini received game updates at the hospital, but didn't see it on TV until the final few snaps.
He was not watching, he said, when Arkansas State temporarily seized momentum in the third quarter.
“Then maybe I would've had a heart problem,” he quipped.
Pelini was back at work on Sunday and planned to exercise Monday afternoon. The scare wouldn't change his routine, he said.
“I have tremendous balance in my life,'' he said. “I'm not a real stressed-out person.”
Pelini also announced that running back Rex Burkhead will play on Saturday. Burkhead missed the past two games with a knee injury suffered in the season opener.
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More press conference updates, via twitter
Pelini also sez one thing he doesn't want this made out to be is that he's overstressed at all...sez he has "tremendous balance in my life"— Rich Kaipust (@RKaipustOWH) September 17, 2012
As things unfolded Saturday with his health, Pelini admits that some of it "alarmed me" a little bit— Rich Kaipust (@RKaipustOWH) September 17, 2012
Pelini: "I've never had health issues and I still don't. I feel great. I didn't feel well going into the football game." Was a bit alarmed.— Rittenberg/Bennett (@ESPN_BigTen) September 17, 2012
Pelini said decision to send him to hospital was "the cautious approach, the right approach." Wanted to see if it was anything more serious.— Rittenberg/Bennett (@ESPN_BigTen) September 17, 2012
Pelini: After tests at hospital..."Clean bill of health...feel great...just a little bit of a scare. No issues. Ready to move on."— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) September 17, 2012