Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Minnesota director of athletics Norwood
Teague announced Thursday that head football coach Jerry Kill is taking time
away from the team to focus on his Epilepsy treatment.
Kill suffered his fifth seizure-related episode since taking the job at
Minnesota in 2011 prior to the team's Oct. 5 loss at Michigan.
"My wife Rebecca, myself and our two daughters want to thank everyone for
their prayers and concerns during the last few weeks," Kill said in statement
released by the school Thursday. "This was a difficult decision to make, but
the right decision. Every decision that will be made will be in the best
interest of the players and the program. I look forward to returning to the
Minnesota sideline on a full-time basis soon."
Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys served as Minnesota's acting head coach in
the setback against Michigan and will continue in that role while Kill is
"Coach Kill is taking time to continue treatment and focus on managing his
Epilepsy," Teague said. "Tracy Claeys will serve as the interim head coach
until Coach Kill is ready to return. Coach Kill will remain in very close
contact with the team and his staff and provide direction and support as
needed. Our support for Coach Kill is unwavering and we look forward to his
return to full-time coaching duties."
The 52-year-old Kill also had a seizure during a Sept. 14 game against Western
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