Jerry Kill Won't Be Coaching Minnesota at Michigan

By DJ Byrnes on October 5, 2013 at 1:36p
Minnesota coach Jerry Kill

From Dennis Dodd at CBS Sports:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure early Saturday morning and did not accompany the team to its game at Michigan, has learned.

Sources said Kill "did not feel well" Friday night and was not with the team overnight at its hotel in Dearborn, Mich. Kill was not hospitalized and is resting at home, a spokesman for the school said.

The players were told after arriving at Michigan Stadium about 1 p.m. Saturday. 

Official statement from Minnesota:

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.

Thoughts are with Jerry Kill. This couldn't happen to a nicer guy. 


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Danify's picture

Like what he is doing with Minnesota, but for his own good and health he should consider stepping down as their head coach.

JollyFatMan's picture

No. He shouldn't. I've had seizures since I was 13, but just stopping life and not living is the OPPOSITE of anyone with this disease wants to do. Unless he has a serious injury from HAVING a seizure, he shouldn't and I think wouldn't do a thing to change the way he lives.. just as I wouldn't.
Keep rolling Jerry. 

How firm thy friendship..

KBonay's picture

Great point.  I would only ask (because I don't know and I am not familiar with the disease) if the stress and pressure that comes with being a head coach is triggering the seizures.  If that is the case, then maybe he should consider his health first.  If not, and he would have these regardless, then by all means, keep coaching and building that program.

JollyFatMan's picture

Stress does cause it, BUT, it doesn't mean that is the reason. Sadly, unless his doctors have given an exact reason, you have no idea what causes it. Being that he had brain tumor, I'm willing to bet that has something to do with it. 
The thing about his seizures, while they are grand mal seizures (the worst kind), unless you have A LOT of them, no damage is done to your brain. The real injuries occur when you fall from having one. For instance, I fell on my temple a few years ago and had an extended stay in the hospital.

How firm thy friendship..

My2Sons's picture

It's just too late to get into an argument, but you are wrong.  You're just stating what you know about your particular case.  Mine, and probably his, is different.

Danify's picture

I understand your point of view, but these seizures are affect how his players are focused on the game. It's a tough situation.

Bucksfan's picture

If having having seizures is wrong because it has a negative effect on his players, then I don't want to be right. hashtag4-1, hashtagTop25inRushing, hashtagTop50inScoringOffense, hashtagTop40inScoringDefense

teddyballgame's picture

If this wasn't happening so frequently I would agree with you.  If it's impairing his ability to do the job though... not fair to the players.

Sherm's picture

Not fair is Tim Brewster. I'd much rather play for Kill.

Jeeves's picture

I feel awful for the guy. At some point he may need to examine the impact this uncertainty has on his players. 

harleymanjax's picture

I don't care if my opinion is PC, but he should resign. It's not fair to the players!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

smithwessonBuckeye's picture

This is just a shame. This is tough for everyone involved. You have to wonder at what point he won't be able to handle this and his responsibilities to Minnesota. 

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Damn.  I hope now even more The Gophers get a W.  Do it for coach!

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Maestro's picture

For the life of me I can't understand how he has not resigned already. Health is more important.

vacuuming sucks

kmp10's picture

I'm familiar with epilepsy... and yes, stress can be a trigger. Having said that, Kill and his doctors can continue working with his medication/combination of medications/dosages, and hopefully get this ironed out. Some people respond to their meds and never have seizures. For others, a handful of seizures a year is considered success. It's a case by case basis. Jerry Kill seems like a good guy and a very good football coach. He's won where ever he's been and he's been everywhere: division II, 1-AA, the MAC and now the B1G. He's so earned his job in a major conference. I hope he continues on, and I hope he is able to get his condition under control. 

Maestro's picture

5 games missed in his 3rd season at Minny. I'd say that this level of competition/stress is simply beyond what Coach Kill's body can handle. I applaud his efforts but I think enough is enough in this case.

vacuuming sucks

ih8rolltyde's picture

Go Coach Kill!!!
Live a long life, leave a leagacy, love your family, be good to this world!!!!
Coaching football may not jive, so much more to live for.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

southbay's picture

Feel better Coach! Go Gophers!

Cusbuck's picture

The University of Minnesota knows about Coach Kill's medical issue, from the administration, athletic department, coaches and YES even the players.  They have contingency plans well in place for this unfortunate situation.  In today's day and age every recruit knows Coach Kill's situation and have signed on to play for him.  
Stay strong Coach Kill and Go Gopher's.

I'm not saying,  I'm just saying.

40 Degrees North's picture

It is a tough situation. I feel terrible for Coach Kill. 
I am going through this at my office. You have great dedicated workers. They are great people. You want them to stay. They want to stay. Yet, their health issues have to be the focus. Their absences do present challenges for the office. After a while, it hurts your office. It puts you in a tough spot. It puts them in a tough spot. It puts all the folks in a tough spot. Finally, somebody has to make a decision. It sucks.
The folks at Minnesota and Coach Kill have some decisions to make. It might be mean and hurtful to folks, but sometimes you gotta move on.

Idaho Helga's picture

I agree with you.  To me, it's not completely, but a little similar to the JoePa hanging on when it's clear he is no longer coaching.  This is a very high stress, competitive environment.  He is the head coach.  I'm sort of torn on this but you can't have this uncertainty week-to-week-to-week when you have to recruit. 
We all wish him well.

Hovenaut's picture

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, and look forward to hearing Coach Kill is back on the sidelines soon.
Coaching as long as he wishes to coach. 

ih8rolltyde's picture

In no uncertain terms, (unless fat-fingering.)
FUCK the POS that downvoted you.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

onetwentyeight's picture

I'm no DR and obviously some here have more experience w/seizures, but I just can't believe that a uber-high-stress job such as a D1 Football Coach won't make his condition worse. I keep thinking back to how a normal, HEALTHY young coach (urban meyer at Florida) was driven into health issues from this job. I can't imagine what it would do to someone like Kill. But like I said, I'm not his medical team and they obviously know more than we do. Just my 2cents

UrbanCulture's picture

If he is not having these seizures on any day except for Saturday, he may have to step down. If they were completely random, I would say keep coaching. But the fact that they appear to happen exclusively on game day...very concerning. 

BSTP DeCon's picture

Get well soon, JK.

AndyVance's picture

Since the consensus seems to be that folks who think Kill should resign think he should do it, "for the players," do we have any idea how the players actually feel about the situation?

Poison nuts's picture

I feel like it may be best if he chose to step down - but I feel like it might be in his best interest more so than anything. I mean, as a non-medically trained person, I admit I don't know a lot about this but it seems that coaching a major program is having a detrimental effect on this condition. I could be wrong for sure, but my opinion is he may want to look at whether coaching is causing his health to worsen...

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