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. Defensive 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.