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Minnesota president reaffirms support for Kill, who is resting after seizure

Jerry Kill, Brian Anderson AP

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill is resting this week at home following a seizure that caused him to miss the Gophers’ game at Michigan this past Saturday.

It was the fourth game-day seizure of Kill’s tenure at Minnesota, but the school’s president, Eric Kaler, is still backing him.

“Where we are right now is hoping for and planning on Jerry getting better and being able to fulfill all of his duties,” Kaler said. “We’re not looking at a Plan B. We’re looking at Jerry Kill being our head football coach. He’s got a great, great staff. It’s really just an unbelievable team, and when he’s not able to be there because of a seizure, they have a terrific plan and they execute on that. So that’s where we are.”

Because it is a bye week for Minnesota, Kill is able to rest from home without too much disruption in game planning.┬áDefensive coordinator Tracy Claeys fills in for Kill when he is absent both during game days and during practices. Since Minnesota doesn’t play until Oct. 19 against Northwestern, he noted there was really no rush for Kill to return to work.

Minnesota seems to be handling the situation with Kill very well. So long as the program is in good shape and improving, there’s no reason it can’t continue to function as it has been.


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9 Responses to “Minnesota president reaffirms support for Kill, who is resting after seizure”
  1. jsally430 says: Oct 8, 2013 8:56 PM

    to all the fire kill people out there. if he loses all 8 big ten games the man has still turned this program around pretty quickly remember he took over a 1-11 team. keep this guy around until he chooses to leave. Minnesota will never be the power house every one in minny thinks it could be sorry

  2. manik56 says: Oct 8, 2013 11:22 PM

    Glen Mason managed to win 10 games one year and regularly went to bowl games. He was fired because that wasn’t good enough. Kill has done better than Brewster, but he is still far away from what Mason achieved. Everyone at Minnesota is losing at this point. Kill would be wise to win a few more.

  3. omniusprime says: Oct 9, 2013 8:58 AM

    This Kill clown is really stupid to still be coaching and Minnesota needs to fire him for his own good. After 5 heart attacks you’d think someone up in Minnesota would get a clue that Kill needs to take a break, keeping him on as coach is a death sentence!

    Really amazing how the two morons before me could talk about the insignificant coaching record yet totally blow off the 5 heart attacks. Get a clue morons, life is more important than a win-loss record.

  4. sportsguy3434 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:00 AM

    They are seziures, not heart attacks…and there were 4 of them. This isn’t life threatening like a heart attack. Although I think he needs to take a look at his occupation if this keeps happening, I think it is commendable that he still has the support of the school and they aren’t trying to quickly pull the plug on his livelihood.

  5. ningenito78 says: Oct 9, 2013 12:53 PM

    The problem is going to arise in living rooms during recruiting season, fair or unfair. Obviously the school shouldn’t/can’t fire him over this but Mr. Kill should really reassess what’s best long term for the program. And, if nothing else, his own health and well being.

  6. mogogo1 says: Oct 9, 2013 1:28 PM

    The seizures won’t be what costs him his job… his record will be. They’ve got a new stadium, high hopes, but they just don’t get much done on the field. 6th in their division the last two years, off to an 0-2 start in conference play this season.

  7. dcviking says: Oct 9, 2013 2:43 PM

    I believe Mason also is all the team leader in blowing huge leads in the second half / fourth quarter.

    That, coupled with his consistent whiny attitude and mentality of “we’re as good as we’re gonna get” is what got him fired.

    Like Kill a lot, hope he gets the seizure under control.

    Gophers -> right direction -> still a long way to go.

  8. dcviking says: Oct 9, 2013 2:43 PM

    sorry…replace “all the team” with “all time” in the above post.

  9. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 9, 2013 2:46 PM

    Although seizures are not as often fatal as heart attacks, they still can easily be fatal.

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