For a child with cancer, it’s a dream come true: stepping out on to a gridiron, catching a pass on a slant route and running it into the end zone for six. That’s the kind of thing participants experience at the University of Minnesota football team’s annual Youth Camp. Hosted in partnership with nonprofit organization HopeKids, more than 100 children who have cancer and other serious illnesses participate in a light football practice and interact with Golden Gopher players. “The players pass to the kids, and they dive and jump on a cushion like they’re making a winning touchdown —
Suzy Merchant and Jerry Kill both got their head coaching starts at Saginaw Valley State University, a Division II school located in Saginaw, Michigan.
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The dust has settled on National Signing Day. Have you recovered from the frenzy? Ohio State was the big winner. No surprise. Urban Meyer has loads of momentum and mojo. In fact, he’s three for three when it comes to winning Big Ten recruiting titles. Now, he just needs to win his first on-field championship. That may be coming this fall. The cool thing about Meyer: He admits recruiting rankings matter to him. Kinda nice to see a coach publicly say that. And know this: No one finishes like the “Urbanator.” He’s the ultimate deal-closer. [ MORE: Read all of
After spending the first half of Friday night’s Texas Bowl up in the booth, Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill has made the move down to the field and is expected to coach there for the remainder of the game. ESPN reported that Kill addressed his team at halftime and made the move down to the field in hopes of inspiring the Gophers in the second half. Minnesota currently trails Syracuse 7-3 early on in the third quarter. Here is a photo of Kill back on the Minnesota sideline.
Jerry Kill joined Monday night’s #BTNLive to talk about the white-hot Gophers, his dance moves and his view from the coaches box during the team’s four-game winning streak. Kill, who is focused on getting his epilepsy under control, said he plans to stay in the box for the rest of the season. Why not? The team is 4-1 under acting head coach Tracy Claeys. Watch our interview with Kill in this post. [ MORE: Dienhart: These Gophers are making history ] Speaking of Kill, did you see him dance in the locker room following Saturday’s win?
Everybody’s celebrating Minnesota’s 8-2 start and four straight wins. Yes, even Jerry Kill. The coach might be on a leave of absence to deal with his epilepsy, but he’s been in the booth watching his team during its hot streak. Following Minnesota’s 24-10 win over Penn State, the program’s first since 2004, Kill showed off his dance moves in the locker room. Watch the great scene in this post. [ MORE: Dienhart: These Gophers are making history ] How great is that? Coach Kill deserves a moment like this. About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and
On Oct. 26, the University of Minnesota made history when it upset Nebraska. It was the first Gopher win over the Cornhuskers since 1960, and was arguably the biggest victory during Jerry Kill’s tenure as head coach. Indeed, many of the events surrounding that Saturday’s game – the second annual Go-Pher Epilepsy Awareness Game – make Oct. 26 a date that will be circled by many fans of both the university and Coach Kill for a long time. After suffering a seizure before the Gophers’ Oct. 5 game in Ann Arbor, Coach Kill and Minnesota Director of Athletics Norwood Teague
Jerry Kill wasn’t expected to be at the Minnesota-Northwestern game Saturday. The head coach was on a leave of absence to get his epilepsy under control, after all. But there was Kill in the Minnesota coaches box at Ryan Field. Kill’s wife, Rebecca, drove him to the game, because he couldn’t stand not being there with his team after missing the Michigan game. Kill spoke to the team at halftime, and he did the same after the game. As expected, his speech was emotional. Here’s what Kill told his team: “I love every one of you. And I’ll tell you
The University of Minnesota announced today that head football coach Jerry Kill will take a leave of absence from coaching and will focus on dealing with and treating his epilepsy. Here are some notable twitter reactions to today’s breaking news. Watch opening comments from @gophersports AD Norwood Teague RE: Jerry Kill. Full video coming soon. – http://t.co/Oks3KMiBCE — Minnesota on BTN (@BTN_Minnesota) October 10, 2013 BTN_Minnesota 👏 Coach Kill because I know as hard of a decision it probably was to make its the best decision for his future and his family — Keanon Cooper (@Go4Coop) October 10, 2013 Former