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.