Jerry Kill taking time off to seek treatment at Mayo Clinic for ongoing seizures
Jerry Kill will seek treatment at Mayo Clinic for his seizures, which have continued to reoccur since he suffered one on the sidelines at the end of Minnesota's game against New Mexico State.
Last week, Kill announced that he'd had something like 20 seizures in six days, and explained that he'd been suffering from them from for years and wouldn't let it stop him from coaching. After the Gophers' 37-24 loss to North Dakota State University on Saturday, Kill suffered yet another seizure Sunday morning.
That, apparently, was one too many for Kill and his wife. Kill, making reference to his wife, explained his decision to seek treatment in a statement issued yesterday afternoon.
"The seizures continue to be a concern for me and my family," Kill said. "Rebecca and I have made the decision to do what it takes to find a solution. I hope to be back to work soon, but we believe that taking some time away to get a handle on this is the right thing to do."
After the Gophers' frustrating loss on Saturday, Kill was his typical blunt self, attempting to take as much of the blame as possible. Kill said NDSU's "coach outcoached me, and their team outplayed us, and they deserved to win the game."
Later in the press conference, Kill repeated this sentiment, this time using a four-letter word, as he often does in moments of exasperation.
"Shit," he said, "they outplayed us, I mean I don't know what else I can say."
Kill took blame for the team's loss to North Dakota State University.
Kill also continued his open-book policy of revealing personal information. This time, his analogy for the adversity Minnesota's team was facing was that, in their second year of marriage, his wife -- whom Kill has described as "a hell of a woman" -- had told him she didn't know if she could be married to a football coach. The Kills have now been together for 29 years.
Team doctor Pat Smith confirmed Kill's Sunday morning seizure, and said that the coach would be admitted to Mayo Clinic for testing. Smith did not have an estimated time for Kill's stay at Mayo. Athletics director Joel Maturi said assistants would take over in Kill's absence, and that the coach's health comes first.
"We all want him back on the sidelines," Maturi said. "But it's time to find a resolution."
After Saturday's loss, Kill said he hopes Gopher fans will continue to back the team, even after its disappointing 1-3 start.
"I feel bad," Kill said. "I feel bad for our students. I feel bad for the state of Minnesota, I feel bad for our fans, and I feel bad for our kids. There ain't nobody that -- we all want to win.
"But," he went on, "I hope they hang in there with us, because the students are an A-plus. They've been great to me, they've been great to our team."
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