Jerry Kill to Jim Souhan: "Kiss my ass"

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Kill is still pissed about Souhan's controversial September column.
The 8-2 Gophers football team has won four consecutive Big Ten games and will play its biggest game in years tomorrow when it hosts archrival Wisconsin (the Badgers are also 8-2).

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In advance of the big game, CBS Sports profiled Jerry Kill. And one interesting tidbit from CBS's piece pertains to coach Kill's reaction to the controversial column the Star Tribune's Jim Souhan wrote about him back in September.

Souhan's column, entitled "In category of health, Kill falls too short to continue," was published on September 15, the day after Kill missed the second half of his team's game against Western Illinois following a seizure.

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From Souhan's column:
Kill suffers a seizure on game day as the coach of the Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium exactly as often as he wins a Big Ten game. He's 4-for-16 in both categories.

His latest epileptic seizure, suffered on Saturday, evokes sympathy for him and his family. He appears to be a good man earnestly trying to elevate a woeful program while searching for ways to manage his disease.

Even those who admire him most can't believe that he should keep coaching major college football after his latest episode. Either the stress of the job is further damaging his health, or his health was in such disrepair that he shouldn't have been hired to coach in the Big Ten in the first place.
The column rankled readers who thought Souhan was being callous, and in the days that followed, both since-departed Star Tribune Editor in Chief Nancy Barnes and Souhan apologized.

But Kill is still upset. From Dennis Dodd's CBS piece:
The awareness of his condition has given Kill a cause. He admits to being driven by a local columnist who suggested in September the coach "is not healthy enough to lead."

"Kiss my ass," Kill said, growing agitated behind his desk. "I'm going to show you. I'm a Division I coach, OK? I've got epilepsy. I've been doing this [expletive] and winning for a long time. I'll show you."
Souhan, however, suggested he's still somewhat skeptical of reports like CBS's that make it seem as though Kill has his epilepsy under control once and for all: -- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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nisahstar
nisahstar

I stand behind Kill 100%..... Having Epilepsy myself, it is very challenging to live with but I refuse to let it stop me from doing what I truly want to do and I don't think he should let it stop him either!!!! 

bobfolgerjr
bobfolgerjr

I have been an epileptic for 47 years. Its a challenge everday, in fact I recently had brain surgery to hopefully end the seizures. Mr. Kill has a right to feel the way he does about life. Life is a challenge with epilepsy. Mr. Souhan you must realize you could start to take seizures any day in life. Epilepsy occurs to people for many unknown reasons. Mr. Souhan I feel you not only owe a apology to Mr. Kill but to all epileptics in the world. I'll honestly pray that you never have one too, you would not want too.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

People are entitled to their opinions. I see no prejudice here. When you get paid millions by a public institution you get critics. 

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Sherman....I wasn't correcting Vic for no reason, he made a joke about people having a stroke, my grandmother passed away recently from a stroke, so sorry if my sense of humor isn't very high for that type of joke. He made a tasteless and classless joke about people having strokes, so I think he deserves to be called out when he can't spell a word most pre-schoolers can spell. I usually don't call people out for spelling, but if your going to crack a joke at someone's expense and you don't spell it right, your jokes credibility goes out the window.

Aaron Moore
Aaron Moore

Which are not predictable. He's completely open about his diagnosis. Being managed and saying it will never happen again are two very different things.

Aaron Moore
Aaron Moore

I don't think it is a spitting match--this is his one response. Souhan has been writing repeated and very irresponsible articles for months.

Hans Dykema
Hans Dykema

Learn the definition of prejudice. Not applicable here.

Robb Mitchell
Robb Mitchell

Because it is childish and pathetic to respond in same way? Like a spitting match between fools.

Aaron Moore
Aaron Moore

I have to politely point out--epilepsy or no--seizures or no--this is the best recruiting class we've had and the best season we've had. And this is what you are concerned about?

Aaron Moore
Aaron Moore

So are you going to blame someone who had a heart attack 10 years ago who hasn't had one for unexpectedly having one? You can't hold someone accountable and accuse them of lying about something like this. Completely inappropriate.

Aaron Moore
Aaron Moore

Souhan attacked him personally. I'd respond the same way.

Sherman Doe
Sherman Doe

Grammar nazi. Enjoy correcting others on the internet for no reason. Society needs people like you to accomplish nothing with your day.

Sherman Doe
Sherman Doe

So because he is a college football coach he has to be a model citizen? Not his job to make sure kids have someone to look up too. That is the parents responsibility. So to answer your question... Parents. Quit passing responsibility onto others.

Frozen-Monkey
Frozen-Monkey

A disability is just that!  There are different shapes and sizes, but in the end they cause a little extra drama on the day.  Some bring wheel chairs, others bring seizures- at the end of the day all that matters is if the job is getting done better then the next person in line.  Kill- brings success to where ever he goes. Tomorrow, if he wins Souhan can continue eating his words as this becomes the most successful Gophers team since 2003. 2 more wins put them in Gophers history as one of the greatest Gophers teams of all time.

stephansonprop
stephansonprop

Jim's right and I for one am not falling for the good old boy BS. From the get go the U was spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to get out of tough games...our money I might add. And Kill was not on  the side line for any of these wins and maybe he's not needed. 

Vince Farrell
Vince Farrell

Columnists, like radio & tv commentators, all Hollywood types and most off-spring of the affluent all suffer from "big league-itis". It is a common affliction amoung those who are provided too much (and too easy) access to public airwaves. Thankfully, the internet allows those less fortunate, a similar venue to respond to the unsolicited opinions of these egomaniacs.

Robb Mitchell
Robb Mitchell

Sounds like the like of low-life trash talk that comes out of the mouths of Big-Ten coaches. And just who are suppose to be the role models for kids?

Kirk Kjenaas
Kirk Kjenaas

Awesome! Jim Souhan has his head so far up his ass at times, this is perfect

John Doyle
John Doyle

I'm sure Souhan is laughing all the way to the bank, he gets paid for his opinions...

Allison Gumm Lester
Allison Gumm Lester

Once again, not surprised. Most so-called columnists from Star Tribune have their head up their asses.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Vic, maybe you need to settle down and learn to spell.

Jamie Sens
Jamie Sens

My sister has Epilepsy. With the right meds you can totally manage it. Rock on Jerry! Jim Souhan needs to shut his big yap.

barbertj23
barbertj23 topcommenter

MN nice is weird sometimes:

"His latest epileptic seizure, suffered on Saturday, evokes sympathy for him and his family. He appears to be a good man earnestly trying to elevate a woeful program while searching for ways to manage his disease."

That is considered callous? I mean, we talk about public figures all the time, they have visibility and everyone has flaws. Knowing and accepting that you have flaws makes you human. It just seems to be a strange reaction to me to freak out about it. I like the "I'll rise above it" comments by Kill, but the aggressive attacks are not very becoming of him.

The best way to win an argument like they're having? Let the other guy look like a bad guy while you look like the good guy. I'll rise above is an adults response, and "kiss my a__" is a child's response, pick the better one.

jeffrey.w.lundberg
jeffrey.w.lundberg

Kill has our program on the right track. If you have nothing constructive to say Jim, please refrain from saying anything at all. Ski-U-Mah. Go Gophers!

dianerollie
dianerollie

Souhan has no credibility with any intelligent Minnesota sports fan.   He never has anything positive or accurate to say about any of our teams.

Amy Hutson
Amy Hutson

Yes! Way to go, Coach...love this

David Olson
David Olson

Settle down Coach, you don't want to stroke out agan.

greenthinks
greenthinks

The guy has a disability. And has risen above it .He is a shining star whose brightness emanates all over that campus our state and evidently nationally!  The guy is a gem Minnesota should be proud of this guy for turning around a football program a tremendous example of what being a leader and a coach should be!


Beth Edwards
Beth Edwards

Go Kill , even tho I am a Badger. Give us a great game tomorrow!

Allisen Waage
Allisen Waage

I bet he would tell most of these self appointed experts commenting on this to kiss his ass too. Everyone's a know it all on the internet.

Preston Saari
Preston Saari

obviously Jerry hasn't been here long enough to not read what crap souhan has to say ha.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Kill should be fired because he has epilepsy apparently.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Whatever makes you feel better about your prejudice.

Hans Dykema
Hans Dykema

Sarah living her life is different than Jerry trying to instill confidence about his durability into the mind's of potential recruits. Thanks for telling me how I feel though.

Hans Dykema
Hans Dykema

I talking about my biggest concern related to his JOB. He does get paid a huge amount of money and is expected to be able to perform the duties of that job. It is a fact that he will have a difficult time going into a living room, look a kid in the face and have confidence in saying he will be around for that kid's entire college career. The football program can't succeed without great recruiting. Also a winning team equates to more ticket sales, alumni donations, merchandise sales and so on. A profitable football team helps cover the losses of all the non revenue sports. Jerry Kill's biggest concern should be his health. The U's biggest concern should be the program.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

That's irresponsible journalism though, if Souhan had no evidence to that effect. My journalism teachers would have blasted me for making assumptions like that. It's journalism 101 not to do that. Souhan should know that. His piece read more like a TMZ or Enquirer piece rather than real journalism.

freealonzo1
freealonzo1

I loved how the day before the article came out, someone suggested to Patrick Reusse that Souhan be his Turkey of the Year for that article.  Reusse's response was that Jerry Kill didn't care about the article.  Hah!

Jason Gabbert
Jason Gabbert

I was simply saying it's plausible that Kill may have misrepresented his treatment or progress. People do lie sometimes and in the world of big time college or pro athletes, you'll find they tend to lie a lot. I'm not saying he did, I"m just saying it's possible and that's all Souhan pointed out.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Robb Mitchell "Kiss my ass." God-forbid the "kids" ever hear that uttered! And having the balls to stand up to a bully like Souhan - wouldn't want the kids to see any of that!

KrisM
KrisM

@barbertj23 - Try reading the whole article and not bits and pieces.  The article would have been better recieved if he would keep comment such as "Kill suffers a seizure on game day as the coach of the Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium exactly as often as he wins a Big Ten game. He's 4-for-16 in both categories."  and " no ticket holders “should be rewarded with the sight of a middle-aged man writhing on the ground”

That is just plain disrespectful and demeaning to anyone that suffers from epilepsy.  Basically it came across as anyone with epilepsy should just hide away so that people like him (Souhan) don't have to feel uncomfortable.

Souhan constantly takes dig at Coach Kill, so good for Kill to finally say what his supporters have been saying since the original article.

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