Jerry Kill taking leave from coaching Gophers football

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In a statement released this afternoon, University of Minnesota officials announced Jerry Kill will be taking a leave of absence from coaching the Gophers football team to focus on his epilepsy treatment.

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As has happened when Kill has missed time on other occasions, defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will serve as acting head coach.

Kill missed last week's game in Michigan after suffering a seizure, and he didn't coach the second half of the game last month against Western Illinois after suffering a seizure at halftime.

In the U of M statement, Kill is quoted as saying, "This was a difficult decision to make, but the right decision... I look forward to returning to the Minnesota sideline on a full-time basis soon."

Athletics director Norwood Teague echoed Kill's confidence, saying in the statement that administration's "support for Coach Kill is unwavering and we look forward to his return to full-time coaching duties."

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Dee Austin
Dee Austin

I knew this was going to happen...

Michele Andrews
Michele Andrews

I find this highly suspicious. I am certain Mr. Kill knows how to properly deal with his chronic medical condition. There are things beyond his control. I think the public sentiment led the higher ups to make him do this so they can say they are dealing with it. So now he's going to "learn" how to deal with his disease better? It isn't like he simply does this leave and then it is dealt with. It is time people start accepting and supporting people who live with chronic illness. Best to you to you, Mr. Kill!

Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner

Jeff Dubay puffs out his chest in 3..2..1..

Joshua Warren
Joshua Warren

Liked the guy but his health was too much a distraction from the team

Kathi Malone
Kathi Malone

He is a respected coach. I hope he will get the correct meds.

Nathan Conley
Nathan Conley

Sad to hear, but good decision coach. I hope you get equal treatment as the hockey coach, who did the same, a few years back.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@Nathan Conley Hockey coach had already won two national championships. What has Kill done? When he's actually been able to do his job, he's been bad at it.

cags777
cags777

@ajlalk3 - I suggest you quit holding Tim Brewster's jock straps. I'll take Jerry Kill any day.  I hope he gets better soon.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@ajlalk3 Really? You're going to claim that he has done a bad job?  It's year 3 after taking over a team that was in shambles.  He has done the best he could with a crap squad and a very tough conference.  Your view of how he has performed has no merit and you should never talk football again.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@ChazDanger Jerry Kill's teams have lost some embarrassing games. They are not even close to competitive in the Big Ten. This isn't New Mexico State or Bowling Green; you don't get 6 years to turn it around, and be happy when you settle for the Meineke Car Care Bowl. This is the Big Ten. This is another reason why the Gophers won't be competitive for a long, long time. "Fans" like you who think that beating non-conference cupcakes, going 6-6, and playing in a bowl game that's televised on ESPNU is good enough.

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