Jerry Kill

Kill released from hospital, status for Sat. uncertain


Five days after suffering a seizure on the sidelines late in Minnesota’s loss to New Mexico State, Jerry Kill has been released from the hospital, the school announced Thursday.

“I’m pleased to report that Coach Kill has been discharged from care,” said Gophers football team physician Dr. Pat Smith said in a statement. “He is in good spirits and eager to get back to work. He has no restrictions and is free to return to work when he feels up to it.”

While it’s certainly good news that Kill’s been released, his coaching availability for the short-term is somewhat up in the air.

In the release, the school wrote that Smith was unable to state with certainty when Kill would return to work or whether he would coach at Saturday’s game vs. Miami (Ohio).

However, the decision will be left up to Kill whether or not to coach.  Hearing stories of Kill since his hiring by the Gophers, that means he will very likely be back on the sidelines.

UPDATED 11:17 p.m. ET: In somewhat of a surprise, Kill attended the Gophers’ practice Thursday shortly after being released from the hospital.  Here’s a portion of the school’s release on the head coach rejoining his team.

Kill was discharged from the hospital during the lunch hour. Just a few hours after his discharge, he was back with the Gophers. Kill said he went home to change clothes and then came directly to the Gopher football complex. He was on the practice field with his team for the entire practice, which lasted roughly two hours.

Kill addressed the team following practice, telling them he was headed home to get some rest. But he also told them he planned to be back at work on Friday morning.

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.