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Minnesota's Kill on leave from coaching

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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.

Kill was sent home after having a seizure that 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.

Kill's latest seizure stemmed from a medication adjustment.

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."

Athletic director Norwood Teague said he fully supports Kill.

"Coach Kill will remain in very close contact with the team and his staff and provide direction and support as needed," Teague said in a statement. "Our support for Coach Kill is unwavering and we look forward to his return to full-time coaching duties."

In the same statement, Minnesota president Eric Kaler added: "(Teague) and Coach Kill are managing this health situation, as it relates to our football program, in the most straightforward and caring manner possible."

The Gophers (4-2, 0-2 Big Ten) face host Northwestern Oct. 19.
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