Jerry Kill Released from Hospital, Back on Gopher Sideline This Weekend?

Mark MillerCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2011

The University of Minnesota Golden Gopher football team today received great news that head coach Jerry Kill had been released from the hospital.

Kill was hospitalized last Saturday after suffering a seizure with 20 seconds left in the Gophers' game against New Mexico State.

The entire ordeal frightened the nearly 50,000 fans in attendance and certainly caught the team off-guard as they were streaking into New Mexico State territory in an effort to make a final push to tie the game.

With the team coming up short, 28-21, all attention turned to Kill.

As Kill rested comfortably in a Minneapolis hospital, offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover and defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys, both close friends of Kill, took the reigns and began to prepare the team for this week's contest against Miami (Ohio).

While speaking today about Kill's release from the hospital, Gopher team physician Dr. Pat Smith was less than committal about whether or not Kill would be able to return to the sideline, but did leave the door open to the possibility:

“I’m pleased to report that Coach Kill has been discharged from care. He is in good spirits and eager to get back to work. He has no restrictions and is free to return to work when he feels up to it.”

After seeing so much promise in the Gopher football team during the opening weekend against USC, the team clearly took a step back in falling to one of the lowest-ranked teams in college football, a point that the Gophers defensive coordinator openly admitted while saying that the team took the Aggies "too lightly."

With the team sitting at 0-2 for the first time since 1992, Coach Kill's return would no doubt give the roster a much needed boost as they face a tough road ahead with the Big Ten schedule quickly approaching.