Pelini Tells Media He's Fine Now, But Didn't Feel Fine In First Half

Bo Pelini leaves the field with his two daughters after the Southern Miss game. Coming home to his family is his "#1 Goal", he said Monday. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

At this week's weekly press conference, Bo Pelini didn't get too specific about what sent him to the hospital at halftime of Saturday's Arkansas State game. He told the assembled media that he didn't feel well and had severe heartburn. He didn't feel well before the game, and felt progressively worse during the first half. Doctors ran further tests at the hospital, and Pelini apparently was released in time to listen to the end of the game on the radio driving home.

He reiterated that he received a clean bill of health from the doctors. Pelini told the media he runs four miles a day, and joked that he almost got hit by a car once. He talked about having balance in his life and that he's not overstressed. But considering that his father had heart problems and considering the symptoms, he thought it was important to get the situation checked out.

"At the end of the day, I want to walk in and see my wife and kids - that's my #1 goal." - Bo Pelini

As for the game, Pelini was proud of how the team rebounded against Arkansas State. John Papuchis was acting head coach, mostly be default. He was on the sideline, and Pelini didn't want to disrupt things any more by bringing people down from the press box. He joked that Papuchis might be the one who might have the heart problems.

He also joked that if he had been listening or watching the game after the muffed punt, that could have triggered some real heart problems.

In other news, Pelini told the media that Rex Burkhead will return to practice and will play this week against Idaho State.

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