Gophers: Kill not expected to attend Saturday's game


The Gophers football team will likely be without head coach Jerry Kill for Saturday's game against Northwestern.

Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys made the announcement during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

"I don't anticipate him being at the game at this time," Claeys said. "I talked to him last night. We'll plan and don't expect to have him at the game with his situation. But he's doing fine."

Claeys takes over head coaching duties while Kill is away.

Kill decided it was best to temporarily step down from his role in an attempt to gain better control over his epilepsy. He missed the Michigan game two weeks ago after suffering a seizure the morning of the game.

In a statement released last week, Kill said he looks forward to returning to the sideline on a full-time basis. There is no timetable for his return.

Note: Claeys announced that redshirt freshman Mitch Leidner will start at quarterback for a second straight week. Philip Nelson will be the backup QB.

Next Up

Cam Talbot

Wild improve to 4-1 with victory over Dubnyk, Sharks

The 4-1 win gives the Wild four victories in five games to start the season.

Screen Shot 2021-01-22 at 9.08.16 PM

Daughter of MN Supreme Court Justice, Allina Health CEO found dead in Iowa

The 21-year-old was found dead in the parking lot of a sorority, according to police.

Screen Shot 2020-09-04 at 8.42.40 PM

Federal charges: MN marijuana lobbyist threatened U.S. representative

"I want you to be as scared as possible," the voicemail allegedly says.

coronavirus, masks, covid-19

Wisconsin Republicans aim to end governor's mask mandate

They've introduced a resolution to remove the governor's emergency powers.

Ted Schweich

Community group hopes to install billboard to get neighbor a kidney

A group called "Team Ted" aims to raise $5,000 to find their friend a kidney donor.

Andrew Palmer

Charges: Coach raped teenage girl on Minnesota basketball team

The 33-year-old head coach has been charged in connection to the alleged crimes.

radio station, microphone

WCCO Radio's program director leaves the company

It's not clear why John Hanson and the station parted ways.

Minneapolis skyline

Minneapolis a step closer to banning facial recognition technology

There are concerns about it leading to a surveillance state, and that it could harm disadvantaged communities.

covid-19, coronavirus, PPE

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, January 22

Nearly 50,000 Minnesotans have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.