Gophers Coach Jerry Kill suffers another game-day seizure, will get back to work [UPDATE]
|Coach Kill at TCF Stadium in April of this year.|
During Saturday's game against Western Illinois, it happened again.
- Coaches Tubby Smith and Jerry Kill are U of M's highest-paid employees in 2012
- Jerry Kill, going on 20 seizures in six days, holds greatest press conference ever
At the start of half-time, Kill suffered his third in-game seizure in his three seasons as U of M's head football coach, and the second that forced him to spend half the game off the field.
Medical staff rushed to Kill's side on the field, and he was taken away on a stretcher. After the episode, he was driven to a hospital as a precaution and to check his medication levels. By 4:15 that afternoon, according to a statement from the team, he was back home and doing well.
Kill, who was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2005, plans to get back to work after Saturday, despite critics -- like the Star Tribune's Jim Souhan -- who say he should resign for health reasons.
In a press conference this morning, Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague expressed his support for Kill in no uncertain terms: "Jerry is our coach, and we are 100 percent behind him," he said. "Jerry's job isn't just about Saturdays."
Even though Kill wasn't on the sidelines during Saturday's game, something worked: the team played to a 29-12 victory, a win that the U attributes, in part, to following set procedures.
"Coach Kill's staff... and his team are well acquainted with his condition and prepared if a situation like this arises," said senior associate athletic director Chris Werle in a statement on Saturday.
Back in 2011, Kill had his first in-game seizure with the Gophers in the last minutes of the team's home opener. In a press conference at the time, he came out swinging against his critics.
"I can't control what I can't control," he said then. "That's who I am. And I ain't changing. And if that ain't good enough -- well, I've been doing it now for six years, and I've coached pretty damn good the last six years and I'll coach pretty damn good for the next 15 years."