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Minnesota AD ’100 percent’ behind Jerry Kill

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With Minnesota’s Jerry Kill suffering yet another game day seizure this Saturday, the question naturally arises whether his taking on the stress of being a head coach is something that is in both his and his school’s best interest.

But for Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague, there is no doubt about Kill’s status as Gophers head coach.

“I have full faith that we can move forward with the program,” Teague told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, adding later: “What I go back to is that I support him 100 percent. He’s an epileptic. He has seizures. We deal with it and we move on. If I felt like it was affecting things, it would be different.”

Saturday’s game against Western Illinois was marred when Kill had this third on-field seizure in his two-plus seasons as Minnesota’s coach. He was carried out on a stretcher at halftime and missed the rest of the 29-12 victory. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys handled coaching decisions in Kill’s absence.

Seizures or no seizures, Kill has Minnesota off to an excellent start. The Gophers are 3-0 and defeating teams by an average score of 41-19.  While the seizures are scary, they don’t seem to be affecting his ability to get his team to play well.

For his sake, let’s hope he can get through another season without any more of them.

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8 Responses to “Minnesota AD ’100 percent’ behind Jerry Kill”
  1. fmlizard says: Sep 16, 2013 6:44 PM

    As he should be. The team is 3-0 and even against poor competition that’s good around these parts. The man can do his job and his doctors think it’s safe for him to do so. Good enough for me.

    As long as the staff has a plan in place – and they do – then the only worry should be getting some WRs open.

  2. packhawk04 says: Sep 16, 2013 7:20 PM

    Seems like a good coach, won everywhere hes been. Ive heard him compared to john beilien, the basketball coach, who won everywhere he went but was never respected until he took michigan to the NC game, which is the first real stop with any kind of name cache and history. (West virginia sucked before he got there) kill has been mentioned similar to him. Now that hes at a major program, kill could do some real damage. If the doctors say its ok for him to coach, whose to say he shouldnt, other than his wife.

  3. titansbro says: Sep 16, 2013 8:30 PM

    I mean, if the seizures are being caused by stress from coaching then he maybe should give it up. But if he’s gonna have them anyway, then who are we to tell him to stop doing something that he’s passionate about & apparently very good at? I can’t fault him for not letting this take his career from him.

  4. florida727 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:44 PM

    My only concern is for him. If this genuinely won’t harm him long-term, then let him decide what he does and how he does it. And if the school administration is behind him, as others have said, who are we to question him continuing. I just wonder about the long-term effects to him, the school, and the kids he’s coaching. Wish him well though. He’s obviously VERY good at what he does, which is coaching. Good luck, Coach.

  5. bballnut50 says: Sep 16, 2013 10:33 PM

    Jerry is first class all the way, outstanding coach & leader. Finally have some real hope at the “U”!!!

  6. greej1938l says: Sep 17, 2013 11:07 AM

    I feel bad about his medical condition….but that shouldnt mean hes excused from winning games….i dont think hes that great of a coach

  7. jsally430 says: Sep 17, 2013 11:47 AM

    take it into account that when he was hired the gophers won ONE game yr one he won 5 year two he brought them to a bowl game. third year he’s 3-0 looking like another low bowl game but at least it’s better then a one win season

  8. Bo Darville says: Sep 17, 2013 1:09 PM

    jsally430 says:
    Sep 17, 2013 11:47 AM
    take it into account that when he was hired the gophers won ONE game yr one he won 5 year two he brought them to a bowl game. third year he’s 3-0 looking like another low bowl game but at least it’s better then a one win season.

    The year before he was hired the Gophers were 3-9 (2-6 in the Big Ten). His first year they were 3-9 (2-6 in the Big Ten). His second year they were 6-7 (2-6 in the Big Ten).

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