Minnesota Head Coach Jerry Kill Reportedly Suffered Seizure on Sideline
Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill suffered an apparent seizure on the sideline as the team was heading to halftime of its game against Western Illinois, reports Brett McMurphy of ESPN.
Jerry Kill apparently had another seizure RT @NSandell: Kill on stretcher, being transported to cart & taken off field— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 14, 2013
Kill has since been released from the hospital.
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 15
Joe Christensen the Star Tribune passes along a statement from Minnesota offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover:
Limegrover said he spoke with Kill's wife, Rebecca, this morning, and she said the coach had a good night and is doing well. Kill, who has epilepsy, had a seizure on the sideline at halftime of Saturday's 29-12 victory over Western Illinois.
"I can't say for sure, but I'm guessing at some point this afternoon, he'll be back in the office," Limegrover said.
Nate Sandell of 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis provides more information about the troublesome situation. Apparently, the halftime performances continued while Kill was being treated. His wife was by his side as he received attention.
Very surreal. Marching band still performing as medical staff is tending to Kill on sidelines. His wife, Rebecca is down w/ him #Gophers— Nate Sandell (@NSandell) September 14, 2013
Sandell also reported Kill was still suffering from the effects as he was being transported off the field.
Looked like Kill was still having the aftershocks of the seizure as he was being taken off field. Situation is being controlled. #Gophers— Nate Sandell (@NSandell) September 14, 2013
Kill has a history of medical issues, including seizures during or surrounding games. He suffered one in the locker room during the halftime of a game against Michigan State last season and was forced to miss the second half.
The 52-year-old Kansas native has been coaching for nearly three decades, with the Minnesota job being his most prominent to date.
Tom Dienhart of the Big Ten Network reports defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will take over the head coaching duties for the rest of the game while Kill is being treated.
Minnesota didn't have an immediate update on the coach's condition, only saying one would be provided when the information is made available.
#Gophers fans: We will give an update on Coach Kill's medical condition when it becomes available.— Gopher Football (@GopherFootball) September 14, 2013
The athletic department added the coaching staff has been prepared to handle these situations.
In these situations, #Gophers coaches have been fully prepared to take over with Coach Kill off the sidelines.— Gopher Football (@GopherFootball) September 14, 2013
That said, it's going to be very difficult for the coaching staff and players to remain completely focused on a game after another health issue for their head coach. Hopefully positive word about his status is passed along quickly.
More information will be provided as soon as it's available.
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