MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffered another game-day seizure, at halftime while the Gophers were playing Western Illinois on Saturday, and was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
But the Gophers, used to this by now, carried on and pulled away for a 29-12 victory. Afterward, despite the unavoidably distracting absence of the boss, they said again theyre not concerned about his health.
Kill was at home and resting comfortably two hours after the game, according to the university. Taken away on a stretcher, after he writhed back and forth on the ground for several minutes with the Gophers in the locker room with a 7-6 lead, Kill went to the hospital to ensure proper medication levels, according to spokesman Chris Werle.
Everybody tries to spin it, that its going to have an effect, defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys said. Im telling you: We know how to coach football, OK? The kids know how to play. Theyre trained very well.
Still, Claeys acknowledged the frustration of the attacks that occur without warning.
If it happens again, well handle it the same way. I have confidence in that, Claeys said, adding: You just dont have him there, but beside that we just all do our job.
Kill has worked with doctors to bring his seizures under better control with medication, rest, nutrition and exercise, but the stress of a game day is hard to avoid.
Kill suffered a seizure in the locker room at halftime last November during a loss to Michigan State, his third documented episode during a game at Minnesota since taking over in 2011. He had seizures after a loss to Northwestern last October and also in September 2011, on the sideline near the end of his first game at TCF Bank Stadium.
Other episodes have occurred elsewhere, too, including more than a dozen in a week in September 2011 that kept him away from the team. But he has never missed the start of a game.
Kill also had seizures on game day in 2001 and 2005, when he was at Southern Illinois.