Minnesota coach Jerry Kill won't coach in the Gophers' game at Michigan after suffering a seizure at home in Minnesota on Saturday morning. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will serve as acting head coach from the press box.
This is the first time Kill has missed a game because of his epilepsy.
Minnesota assistant athletic communications manager Paul Rovnak issued the following statement from the athletic department on Kill's condition and the circumstances that led to him missing the game.
"Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill is at home in Minneapolis and will not be on the sideline for today’s game against Michigan. Coach Kill was not feeling well on Friday morning and decided to meet the team in Ann Arbor on Saturday. He then suffered a seizure on Saturday morning and will remain at home in Minnesota for today’s game."
Kill has suffered seizures since the early 2000s when he was coaching at Southern Illinois, including some that have happened on the sidelines during games. One of his seizures in 2005 led to the discovery he had kidney cancer.
This is at least the fifth seizure Kill has suffered during the football season since being hired away from Northern Illinois in 2011. He suffered a seizure during a game against New Mexico State earlier this season.
Two years ago, Kill flirted with missing the Michigan game because of a series of seizures he suffered in the weeks leading up to the game. But Kill chose to be on the sideline that day. The Gophers lost 58-0.
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