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The University of Minnesota announced Thursday that coach Jerry Kill will take time away from coaching "to focus on his treatment and better manage his epilepsy."

The school set no timetable for when he will return. A seizure prevented him from traveling with the team for last Saturday's game at Michigan. It was the fifth game-day seizure Kill had in three seasons at Minnesota and the fourth one that caused him to miss at least part of a game.

Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will continue as the Gophers' interim coach.

"This was a difficult decision to make, but the right decision," Kill said in a statement. "Our staff has been together a long time and I have full confidence in Coach Claeys and them during my time away. 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."

---Former Southern Cal coach Lane Kiffin will appear on ESPN's College GameDay Saturday.

Kiffin, 38, was fired after a 3-2 start to the 2013 season from his "dream job" with the Trojans. Kiffin is 35-21 as a college head coach.

---The American Athletic Conference announced Wednesday that it reached or extended agreements to send teams to four existing bowls through the 2019 season.

The bowl tie-ins are with the Beef O' Grady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla., the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu.

---The Green Bay Packers offered $3 million to Wisconsin to play a 2016 non-conference game in Lambeau Field against LSU, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents reviewed a contract on Thursday from the Packers that included terms of the deal, which include the NFL team keeping any profits from the game. The game would be played, pending the board's approval, on Sept. 3, 2016.

LSU and Wisconsin are scheduled to meet in a 2014 season opener in Houston's Reliant Stadium.
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