September 10, 2011
The University of Minnesota says that head coach Jerry Kill is in stable condition at a Minneapolis-area hopsital after suffering a seizure on the sideline Saturday afternoon during his team's 28-21 loss to New Mexico State. Team doctor Pat Smith told the Associated Press that Kill "was at no time under any risk in any way."
Kill collapsed during the fourth quarter and immediately received medical treatment on the field. He was treated on the field for approximately 10 minutes in front of a stunned silent stadium before being carted off as the student body chanted his name. (Video is available here. It's brief, but some readers may find it disturbing.)
Kill, who has a history of seizures, suffered a seizure on the field in 2005 while coaching at Southern Illinois. That seizure, in the midst of a series of seizures, indirectly led to the discovery of kidney cancer:
But there was still the issue of the seizures, so Rebecca agreed to have her husband airlifted to St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis for diagnosis.
For three days, Kill was poked, prodded and tested to determine the cause of the seizures, which is still unknown. But as the family was packing up to head back to Carbondale, Ill., a two-hour drive, the neurologist came in with some fateful news.
"He sat down with us, told him [Jerry] what we had to do with the seizures and stuff, and then he said, 'I also think you need to see your urologist when you get back home because I think you have cancer. It looks like you might have kidney cancer."
Kill has never missed a game because of seizures or cancer. While at Northern Illinois last season, Kill, who is in his 18th season as a head coach, was hospitalized for dehydration after a game against North Dakota.
When the game resumed, Minnesota was unable to convert a 4th and 10 with 28 seconds left, dropping the Golden Gophers to 0-2 after losing to USC last weekend.
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