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Minnesota’s Jerry Kill returns to work, won’t discuss health

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Minnesota coach Jerry Kill returned to work this week after suffering his fourth game-day seizure in three seasons this past weekend against Western Illinois.

However, Kill refused to talk about his health at his weekly press conference, stressing the need to for his team to focus on the task at hand.

“I’ve done talked about all those other things enough,” Kill said. “This game’s not about a head football coach. This game is about the players and that’s how we’ll approach it today.”

Kill’s refusal to talk about his health came on the same day that the chairman of the Epilepsy Foundation wrote a public letter backing him. The letter, titled “We Stand With Coach Kill” cited Kill as an inspiration for those who live with epilepsy.

Coach Kill’s determination, courage and leadership have become an inspiration for his players, staff and school, college football and sports fans in the Twin Cities and the 60,000 Minnesotans — and more than 2 million people in the U.S. — who, like Coach Kill, live with epilepsy and seizures.

Kill also has the backing of the school’s athletic director, Norwood Teague. Meanwhile, the Gopher players seem to be getting used to Kill’s seizures and their 3-0 record attests to their ability to adapt on the fly.

“We’re used to the routine, as bad as that sounds,” defensive back Brock Vereen said. “There’s a sense of confidence in our staff and knowing that as bad as it may look sometimes, he’s going to be fine.”

Minnesota hosts San Jose State on Saturday.

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9 Responses to “Minnesota’s Jerry Kill returns to work, won’t discuss health”
  1. lamontjoe says: Sep 17, 2013 11:17 PM

    I hope this guy doesn’t drop dead one day. Give it up coach.

  2. coryfor3 says: Sep 18, 2013 12:21 AM

    Holy schnikeys. Wish the guy good health and move along. If we all had to have our health problems analyzed at work…geez.

  3. coryfor3 says: Sep 18, 2013 12:22 AM

    Lamontjoe- not an educated or thoughtful comment.

  4. clevelandschronic2 says: Sep 18, 2013 12:44 AM

    I hope this guy can stay healthy. But i do think he should step away(atleast for awhile). The guy cant continue to have these seizures during games. It cant be helpful to his players to watch the coach having seizures during games. It has to distract them. They are supposed to be focused on the game not worrying about if they’re coach is gonna die right in front of them. Im not sure it is helpful for recruiting either. Just my thoughts again i hope he stays healthy but it might be time to focus on his health and not football. Urban had his health problems too and now that hes healthy hes back coaching. Jerry can do the same if he can get the right care. As a buckeye and big 10 fan i hope things work out for Minn

  5. southernpatriots says: Sep 18, 2013 1:12 AM

    Coach Kill has had these problems for many years and has learned what things trigger the seizures and what things alleviate them. It would appear from a distance that the pressure of coaching may well be a trigger.

    If that is case, Coach Kill can introduce trigger alleviation into his routine of coaching, or get out of coaching and get into a less stressful profession.

    I wish Coach Jerry Kill the best in working to lessen his triggers and return to better health.

  6. mrtreyseven says: Sep 18, 2013 2:14 AM

    why not coach from the press box at least the attention level isn’t so high…

  7. chc4 says: Sep 18, 2013 9:02 AM

    I’m all for people with health issues persevering and overcoming. But seriously this man should not be on the sidelines. It’s far too common of an occurrence to brush it off. Collapsing on the sidelines twice a year isn’t good for anyone.

  8. scoops1 says: Sep 18, 2013 9:11 AM

    imagine if this guy coached in the SEC……

  9. tigersgeaux says: Sep 18, 2013 9:58 AM

    For Coach Kill’s sake, I am glad he doesn’t.

    Coach get well, and take care of yourself!

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