Posted October 05, 2013

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffers seizure, won’t coach vs. Michigan

Jerry Kill, Minnesota Golden Gophers
Minnesota coach Jerry Kill won't be on the sideline against Michigan after suffering another seizure. (AP)

Jerry Kill won’t be on the sideline against Michigan after suffering another seizure. (Ann Heisenfelt AP)

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure on Saturday morning and won’t coach the Gophers’ game against No. 19 Michigan, Minnesota announced in a statement.

Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill is at home in Minneapolis and will not be on the sideline for today’s game against Michigan. Coach Kill was not feeling well on Friday morning and decided to meet the team in Ann Arbor on Saturday. He then suffered a seizure on Saturday morning and will remain at home in Minnesota for today’s game.

Coach Kill has been in contact with his staff today and defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will serve as Minnesota’s acting head coach from the press box.

Kill has suffered a number of seizure-related incidents in his coaching career, including an episode last month during a game against New Mexico State.

The New York Times published a story on Friday surrounding Kill’s history with seizures. The coach reiterated his intention to continue coaching despite his health issues.

“If I have a seizure, I crawl, and I find a way to get back up,” Kill said. “But I never ask. I couldn’t tell you what one looks like. I’m bullheaded. I keep going.”

12 comments
mbroncofan
mbroncofan

You are all missing the point.  His team deserves more.  They deserve a coach that is there full time...and can be counted on for tough games.  Not one who goes down at the most inconvenient times.

He should resign or Minnesota should make the decision for him.  It's obvious he can't control these.  For his team, and for his own health, he should be replaced.

eddie767
eddie767

OK,since he won't quit it's time his employer makes a decision fir him. Resign to another position or be terminated for cause. The for cause is they don't know when/if he can do his job. No disabilities act violations if you can't do job you're hired for. He's a brave but stupid man,who isn't thinking of anyone but himself.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@eddie767 You have no concept of 'terminated for cause'. You've embarrassed yourself with the statement.

Chris86
Chris86

@eddie767 What a college coach does on Saturdays is about the smallest part of their job. He has in no way "not been able to do the job" he was hired to do. Building a successful college program is about what you accomplish behinds the scenes with recruitment and player development. There are other people available to run the sidelines for the occasional game he has missed.

eddie767
eddie767

@Rickapolis I used wrong term,but i'm not embarrassed. Mistakes happen,but i guess u r perfect?

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Chris86 He was hired to recruit, develop, teach, and coach on game days.

rcolegibson
rcolegibson

@Chris86 @eddie767 If Minnesota was a successful program there would be nobody calling for him to resign or be fired. The Gophers were flat against Iowa last week, further demonstrating that Minnesota can beat up the little schools but still can't compete with even the middle-tier Big Ten schools. That isn't progress.

eddie767
eddie767

@mwr5053 @Chris86 @rcolegibson @eddie767 OK i'm back,nursing. Now,he's a coach right? When does he have his attacks,sat.,recruit visits,and other high stress times. The ADA only helps when you are doing your job,his job is coach and recruit ,which induce his seizures. So he isn't doing his job. There other ways for him to help MN,but this is not the way.

mwr5053
mwr5053

@Chris86 @rcolegibson @eddie767 A non-issue? Wow! Tell that to his team when he's not there. Maybe the NCAA should tell opposing teams that when the play Minnesota their head coach needs to go to an area hospital for the day or stay home on the couch?

Chris86
Chris86

@rcolegibson @Chris86 @eddie767 I have no issue whatsoever with people making a case against a coach based upon performance. I do, however, take issue with people using his health as an excuse. These seizures are a non-issue as far as his job performance goes.