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Jerry Kill suffers seizure, won’t coach vs. Michigan

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The seizures that have plagued good-guy Jerry Kill have returned yet again.

According to a report from Dennis Dodd of Kill did not travel with the team to Ann Arbor and will not coach the Gophers in their game against Michigan this afternoon.  Kill suffered a seizure early this morning, sources told Dodd, after not feeling well and remaining at home while his team flew to Michigan.  Kill was not hospitalized after this latest episode.

The school subsequently confirmed Kill will not be at the game.  Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will serve, from the press box, as head coach for the Wolverines game.

The seizure would be at least the fourth game-day occurrence for Kill, who has been diagnosed with epilepsy.

During his first season in 2011, Kill suffered a seizure on the sidelines late in the fourth quarter of a September game against New Mexico State.  In October of last year, he suffered another seizure in the immediate aftermath of a loss to Northwestern.

At halftime of Minnesota’s game with Western Illinois three weeks ago, the Gophers head coach was treated by team medical personnel for a seizure.  Kill was subsequently taken by a stretcher off the sidelines and into the locker room for further treatment.

The university has steadfastly stood behind their head football coach as he deals with his medical condition.

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10 Responses to “Jerry Kill suffers seizure, won’t coach vs. Michigan”
  1. onbucky96 says: Oct 5, 2013 2:03 PM

    Laws be damned, is his medical condition preventing him from doing the job the State of Minnesota is paying him for? Yes, either retire or fire him, your head coach needs to be there. 4 different games he’s missd, enough already.

  2. natisportsnut says: Oct 5, 2013 2:22 PM

    I think Minn is in a delicate situation here. Maybe the two sides could work together to find him a job inside the athletic department that wouldn’t put additional stress on his condition.

  3. halbert53 says: Oct 5, 2013 2:47 PM

    This is a tough situation for everyone. The university is doing the right thing by not firing him. Sports is about putting the team first. At some point coach needs to put the best interests of the team first and step aside. Ideally maybe the university can put him to work in another capacity or retire due to disability.

  4. natisportsnut says: Oct 5, 2013 2:58 PM

    Wouldn’t have been easier for you to just write “ditto”

  5. eaglesmetal says: Oct 5, 2013 3:26 PM

    I agree with onbucky96. I support the rights of the disabled in not being fired from jobs due to medical problems. However, the exception must remain that if the medical problem prevents the employee from actually being able to do the job, the employer must have the ability to fire the employee. In this case, when a head football coach keeps missing games due to epilepsy, it’s time for a new coach. I, too, like the idea of finding a job elsewhere in the Athletics department where his seizures do not impair his ability to do the job.

  6. jrocknstuff says: Oct 5, 2013 4:14 PM

    The thing is, despite all this I don’t think they want to fire him just yet. He is still a hell of a football coach and a great recruiter. Just look at the turnaround that’s taken place in the short time he’s been in charge.

  7. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Oct 5, 2013 4:55 PM

    “laws be damned” ummmm….I don’t think the U wants to be hit with a wrongful termination lawsuit.

  8. inconsonance says: Oct 5, 2013 4:58 PM

    While I don’t believe that he should be fired for his medical problems, I do believe that he should retire. Despite his success as a coach and his love for the sport, nothing should take precedence over his health. Continuing to engage in an activity that is quite obviously a contributing factor to his seizure activity is foolish and irresponsible. One might say that retiring would be allowing his problems to defeat him, but it’s better to concede defeat than to risk permanent injury or worse due to stubbornness and pride.

  9. lions81slappy says: Oct 5, 2013 8:32 PM

    @natisportsnut – geez the guy was agreeing with you and expounding on your point. can’t handle someone else stealing your thunder by saying it better? please, get over yourself. to the actual story I agree tgat he should step down or figure out another way to help out the team. don’t think its a coincidence that a lot of these seizures have come on game day and certain types of seizures are caused by stress

  10. greatmiamisportsmind says: Oct 6, 2013 12:08 AM

    Yes, Jerry Kill is a great guy. No doubt about it.

    But, he needs to go back to a lower division team, where he came from, if he wants to continue coaching. He didn’t have these seizures when he was coaching the likes of Southern Illinois, etc. It has been noted that stress of coaching (let’s not kid ourselves, coaching Minnesota isn’t the easiest thing to do) and heat are triggers of the seizures.

    However, no he has NOT improved this team. He cried to have North Carolina (North freaking Carolina, football not basketball) off the schedule, which cost the U of M $800,000.

    The only thing that has gotten better is the non-conference record, which they intentionally hire cream puffs to boost it’s overall record to sneak into a bottom tier bowl game.

    Jerry Kill’s big ten record
    2013 0-2
    2012 2-6
    2011 2-6
    2010 2-6
    2009 3-5
    2008 3-5
    2007 0-8

    So let’s not pretend the Golden Gophers are improved under Jerry Kill.

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