Rutgers offensive coordinator Jerry Kill has a well-documented history battling seizures, and unfortunately, it has once again resurfaced over the weekend. According to a report from NJ.com, Kill has been hospitalized for a minor seizure on Sunday morning, but he is expected to return to work as soon as today, according to Rutgers head coach Chris Ash.
The seizure may have been a result of a sideline collision involving Kill during Saturday’s game at home against Eastern Michigan.
“Coach Kill had a minor medical setback,” Ash said, according to NJ.com. “He is going to be fine. Saturday, early in the game after the first drive, he got tumbled up. He was really discombobulated in the first half from it and had some headaches Saturday night.”
Ash said Kill is doing fine and just awaiting release from the hospital later today or tomorrow.
Kill parted ways with Minnesota after the two sides were unable to work out a new contract for an administrative role following the 2015 season. Kill had stepped away from coaching the Gophers earlier in the 2015 season, citing health concerns related to his seizures and epilepsy preventing him from being able to focus on the job of head coach the way he would prefer. Kill had fallen victim to seizures on sidelines during his time at Minnesota and made the decision that was best for his health and the program at the time, but his desire to stay involved as a coach never went away.
Rutgers signed Kill as an offensive coordinator this year, with Kill suggesting his ongoing seizure concerns will not interfere with his coaching. That will hopefully be the case here.
The firing of Tracy Claeys at Minnesota has not been sitting well with one former Minnesota head coach. Jerry Kill, who resigned from his post as head coach of the Gophers to ultimately be replaced by his assistant, Claeys, has always said he would never waver from supporting the Gophers program, but he seems to be singing a much different tune now.
“I won’t be stepping foot back in the stadium, and I won’t be stepping back into the university,” Kill said during a radio interview in Minnesota on Wednesday, according to The Star Tribune.
“We’ll always come to Minnesota. My daughter is there. We love Minnesota,” Kill went on to say during the radio interview. “I’ll go to every baseball game, Minnesota Vikings] football game, anything else. But I will not ever be in that stadium or that complex. And they’re building a new complex. We had a lot to do with that. I won’t ever see it. But I wish them all the luck in the world. I hope the decision that [Minnesota AD Mark Croyle] made was right. I do hope the program continues to do well. I just wish people would be straightforward.”
Kill’s loyalty to Minnesota was clearly lost when one of his most trusted assistants was let go late in the coaching carousel cycle.
Claeys was fired after a 9-4 season marred by a player boycott following the suspension of 10 Minnesota players due to their connection to an alleged sexual assault incident.
Kill is now the offensive coordinator at Rutgers. If you were curious, the Scarlet Knights will not visit Minnesota until at least after the 2020 season.
The Big Ten already saw one five-win team pick up a bowl victory this bowl season. Minnesota is looking to become the second. The Golden Gophers landed a spot in the Quick Lane Bowl after vacancies were left to fill this season despite ending the year with just five wins. After one half of play in the Quick Lane Bowl, however, Minnesota leads Central Michigan from the MAC 10-7 in Detroit.
Central Michigan orchestrated a 15-play drive covering 82 yards to get on the scoreboard. The drive consisted of three third-down conversions, with the third counting for the first touchdown of the game. Cooper Rush picked up the yard needed to cross the goal line on third down on the first play of the second quarter. Minnesota answered with a touchdown drive of its own with Mitch Leidner completing an 11-yard touchdown pass to KJ Maye to regain the lead. The drive was keyed by a big 30-yard run by Shannon Brooks from the Minnesota 45-yard line. Minnesota was the first team to score with a field goal on the game’s opening possession.
Former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill and former Central Michigan head coach Herb Deromedi were on the field for the pregame coin flip. Kill made the emotional decision to retire earlier this season but was on hand to shake hands with his now former players before they took the field. The Detroit Free Press reports Kill is currently in the process of writing a book.
All that matters is getting a win, and it rarely matters how you get it. No. 2 TCU (1-0) opened the season on the road Thursday night, but they did so with quarterback Trevone Boykin having some off moments that helped allow Minnesota (0-1) to hang around. Fortunately, TCU’s defense was up to the task, holding their Big Ten hosts to fewer than 300 yards of offense until late in the game in a 23-17 win.
It was not the cleanest effort from TCU, with a pair of turnovers, Boykin’s pass completion percentage leaving room for improvement, and eight penalties. One thing to take from this game is TCU head coach Gary Patterson now knows what he needs to work on. Still, TCU went on the road and shut down a team some feel is capable of making things interesting in the Big Ten West Division this season. The Gophers have plenty of time this season to help boost TCU’s body of work in the long run, and Jerry Kill has now seen how much work he still needs to do.
Boykin completed 26 of 42 pass attempts for 246 yards and a touchdown. He also added 86 rushing yards and a touchdown to help make his night look a little more productive. His lone touchdown pass came in the first quarter on an 11-yard pass to Josh Doctson, putting TCU up 10-0 after one quarter of play. Minnesota was left playing catch-up the rest fo the night and never cut the lead down to fewer than seven points. Boykin ran 19 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to put the Horned Frogs up 17-3.
Minnesota’s offensive leaders had little to show. Mitch Leidner completed 16 of 30 attempts for 158 yards. Rodney Smith led the ground game with 88 yards and a touchdown.
Next week Minnesota will head to Fort Collins, Colorado to take on Colorado State. The Rams are coming off one of the more successful seasons in program history but could have a much different look this season. Jim McElwain left the program to coach Florida, which opened a spot for former Georgia assistant Mike Bobo to take the helm. Colorado State lost a number of key players. Minnesota’s secondary should be tested by Rams receiver Rashard Higgins, who accumulated 1,750 yards and 17 touchdowns last fall. Colorado State opens the season at home against Savannah State, so they should be 1-0 when the Gophers come to town.
TCU will return home to open the home schedule next week against Stephen F. Austin. things should be pretty easy going for the Horned Frogs next week and thew week after at home against SMU. TCU opens Big 12 play later this month on the road against Texas Tech.
Coming off the best season since, well, the previous season, Minnesota has rewarded head coach Jerry Kill with a little bit more job security as he prepares for the 2015 season. On Friday the school announced a one-year contract extension, giving Kill a job at Minnesota through the 2019 season. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Minnesota has gone 8-5 each of the past two seasons and has reached the postseason three consecutive years under Kill. Kill took over as head coach of the Gophers in 2011 and quickly changed the culture of the football program with four losing seasons in the previous five before his arrival. While Minnesota is still looking for its first bowl victory since 2004, Kill has put the program on the right track, one that actually has Minnesota in the conversation for a potential run at the Big Ten Championship Game this season. Under Kill, Minnesota has gone 25-26, but that includes taking over a mess of a program and increasing the win total in his first three years. After going 3-9 in his first season at Minnesota, Kill took the Gophers to a bowl game in 2012, again in 2013 and once more last season.
According to USA Today‘s database of coaching salaries from 2014, Kill was paid $2.1 million. That made him the ninth highest-paid coach in the Big Ten. Among the staff salaries on public record (Northwestern and Penn State do not have to provide this information publicly), Minnesota’s payroll was fifth in the Big Ten.
Things seem to be going well for Kill. Earlier this summer at Big Ten media days in Chicago Kill revealed he has been seizure free for over a year. Kill and Minnesota open the 2015 season at home against No. 2 TCU on Thursday, September 3.
UPDATE (4:46 p.m.): Per the Star Tribune, Kill is getting a raise of $300,000 each season through 2019. The assistant coaching staff pay will be bumped by $175,000 and will be among the six highest-paid assistant coaching staffs in the Big Ten. Additional funds will be made available for the rest fo the football staff as well.