Jerry Kill suffers seizure right before halftime

Jerry Kill returned home Saturday afternoon following a trip to the hospital for an epileptic seizure suffered during Minnesota’s 29-12 victory over Western Illinois. Kill has a long history of game-day seizures, including one in the final seconds of Minnesota’s 2011 home loss to New Mexico State.

David Benedict, Minnesota’s deputy athletic director, updated Kill’s status early in the fourth quarter from the Big Ten Network booth. Benedict said: “Coach is resting comfortably at an area hospital now,” and added that his vital signs are “great.”

Benedict said the condition is not life threatening.

“It’s really more of a precautionary measure that he’s at the hospital right now,” Benedict said.

Defensive Tracy Claeys served as head coach in the second half.

Here’s the video of Kill being taken off the field that we showed on our halftime show:


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Casey D. on 9/14/2013 @ 1:43pm EDT Said:

Prayers go out to him, These situations are always scary and you hate to hear about this happening to anyone, especially a great coach and human being like Mr. Kill.

docpmk on 9/14/2013 @ 7:09pm EDT Said:

Sorry, but yes any seizure is life threatening, contrary to what a BTN analyst said. And it has been several years that Coach Kill has suffered with seizures, and they are still not well-controlled — and they are the result of a brain tumor. All of those facts make for a SERIOUS, potentially life-threatening prognosis!

    Brent Yarina, Senior Editor on 9/14/2013 @ 10:30pm EDT Said:

    Thanks for the comment. Just wanted to clarify that the quote you’re referring to was made by Minnesota’s deputy athletic director, not a BTN analyst.

      docpmk on 9/14/2013 @ 11:04pm EDT Said:

      I heard a BTN analyst say exactly that! I did not hear the Minnesota deputy athletic director AND the BTN analyst made no such attribution! I was watching the Big Ten channel at the time waiting for the start of the Northwestern game and I was indeed paying attention. You are not going to get away with that claim! And BTW I am an MD, PhD, so I do know what I am talking about! The deputy athletic director is ALSO wrong!