Jerry Kill is taking a leave of absenceMinneapolis, MN (WDAY TV) - Jerry Kill has taken an open-ended leave of absence for the Gophers head coaching job to focus on treatment and management of his epilepsy.
By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Minneapolis, MN (WDAY TV) - Jerry Kill has taken an open-ended leave of absence for the Gophers head coaching job to focus on treatment and management of his epilepsy.
Kill missed his first game this past Saturday when Minnesota played at Michigan.
Kill suffered a seizure the day before the Michigan game; he also had a seizure at halftime of the Western Illinois in September but athletic director Norwood Teague says they stand behind the coach.
Norwood Teague- Gophers Athletic Director (BTN): “Jerry is one of the toughest human beings I have ever been around, and he is one of the most relentless guys when it comes to this football program and this job. I think it's a good step for him to look into it, I don't think you are seeing a change in Jerry at all as far as his energy as he always exudes, I think it's a good step for him personally.”
Tracy Claeys- Gophers Defensive Coordinator (BTN): “He has made this decision before but as he has felt better he has put it off, so it is a big step for him. I tell people all the time that he loves the University of Minnesota, loves the state of Minnesota, he has had a great time here. By him missing that game finally, he said hey I want to be here a long time I need to look into this.”
Gophers are off this week, they play Northwestern next Saturday.