Jerry Kill suffers seizure, won't coach at Michigan

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Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota’s Jerry Kill suffered a seizure Saturday morning and will not coach in today’s game at Michigan, according to Minnesota officials. This is Kill’s second seizure of the season, as he suffered one right before halftime vs. Western Illinois in Week 3. Read Minnesota’s official release in this post.

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Here’s the full release:

Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill is at home in Minneapolis and will not be on the sideline for today’s game against Michigan. Coach Kill was not feeling well on Friday morning and decided to meet the team in Ann Arbor on Saturday. He then suffered a seizure on Saturday morning and will remain at home in Minnesota for today’s game.

Coach Kill has been in contact with his staff today and defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will serve as Minnesota’s acting head coach from the press box.

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Allen Darell on 10/5/2013 @ 9:10pm EDT Said:

I certainly hope that Coach Kill will make another strong recovery. I have come to respect and admire this coach. It takes a large amount of courage to live with the knowledge that a seizure may occur at any moment. Yet he remains committed to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, putting the program and his players higher than himself.

I’m an Iowa fan, however I truly appreciate Jerry Kill for his commitment and courage, and the University of Minnesota for standing by their coach. I believe he is an outstanding coach and Minnesota football will continue to improve with this coach and staff.

I will keep Coach Kill in my thoughts and prayers, he is a remarkable coach.

Ed Crawford on 10/6/2013 @ 12:46am EDT Said:

I feel sorry for the guy. Unfortunately, people in our society with health problems, soon find themselves “Unemployable” Been there, done that ! I hope he gets it under control. [Hawkeye fan]

Marty Brazill (@mjbrazill) on 10/6/2013 @ 9:40am EDT Said:

If Kill wants to put the program and kids ahead of himself, he’d resign effective Monday. His condition is obviously not under control enough for him to continue to lead the program. Maybe Minn. could give him a position in their athletic department where he could assist the team behind the scenes. In any event, the kids shouldn’t have to watch their coach get wheeled off the field on a stretcher on an ever increasing frequency.