Minnesota coach Jerry Kill brought the college football world to a standstill a couple weeks ago with a seizure at the end of the U's close loss to New Mexico State. There were questions on whether he, and the team, could bounce back from such a scary moment.
Answer: Hell yes. The team's well-being was confirmed by its win on Saturday over the University of Miami (Ohio).
As for Kill, his vigor was on show in a raucous press conference today, during which Kill acknowledged that he's still suffering from seizures, but wasn't going to let it slow him down. At one point, someone asked about the last two games.
"Well," Kill said, "since New Mexico State, I've had about -- I don't know about how many damn seizures. I've had a hell of a lot of stuff happen to me since New Mexico State, so I can't remember my damn name sometimes."
On another question, this one about his seizures, Kill said it was all out of his control, and he just wanted to keep on coaching, according to the U's official transcript.
I ain't changing. You know, I'm tired and I have my wife telling me I'm tired. I have some doctor telling me or whatever. You know, their job is to get it all figured out. They have got to get me on the right medication and all that kind of stuff.Kill acknowledged that he had a "seizure disorder," and said he'd been on medication for the disorder for years.
But I can't control what I can't control. I believe in one man and that's The Big Man upstairs, and I'm going to go like hell until I go down and when I go down, and they can do whatever they do and I'm going to go again.
That's who I am. And I ain't changing. And if that ain't good enough -- well, I've been doing it now for six years, and I've coached pretty damn good the last six years and I'll coach pretty damn good for the next 15 years.
"And then they put medication in you," Kill said, "and you put different kinds of medication in your body -- it don't work too good sometimes and ain't worked too damn good this time."
Dealing with medications, Kill said, is left to the doctors, and to his wife of 29 years, whom he described as a "hell of a woman." He said he's got a great medical team, and "they'll figure it out" sometime. For his part, Kill said he wants to keep working, no matter how many seizures he has. Eventually, his tour de force answer worked its way to a light-hearted jab at the Star Tribune's iconic columnist, Sid Hartman.
What the hell am I supposed to do? Stop? I mean, sit in the chair and wait for the next God-dang seizure to come along? There's people that got them every day. I've had about 20 of them in the last six damn days, and I'm still walking, still coaching.Jerry Kill on three-plus seizures a day is tougher than a regular man on his best day.
And I knew what the hell I was doing on Saturday. I knew what I was doing when I called it on fourth down and nine. I didn't want to punt the damn ball, Sid, down there on the 32-yard line because I bet we punt the damn thing out of the end zone, we would start on the 20, we would gain 12 yards. What the hell?