Kill to focus on epilepsy treatment, will remain away from Gophers

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The University of Minnesota announced today that football coach Jerry Kill will remain away from the team in an effort to focus on epilepsy treatment.

Kill missed Minnesota's loss at Michigan after suffering a seizure on Saturday morning. He has remained at home recovering.

Claeys said during the press conference that recruiting hasn't been hurt by Kill's medical situation.

“We’re already out there recruiting and we’re not losing ground,” Claeys said, according to CBS. “We’re on top of the situation.”

Here's the news release from the Gophers.

Minnesota Director of Athletics Norwood Teague announced today that head football coach Jerry Kill is continuing to take time to focus on his treatment and better manage his Epilepsy. 

As he has done in previous situations, defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will serve as the acting head coach when Kill is away. Claeys is in his 19th year as a member of Kill’s staff. 

Teague and Claeys will address the media at 3:15 p.m. today in the postgame press conference room at TCF Bank Stadium.

Statement from Head Coach Jerry Kill 

“My wife Rebecca, myself and our two daughters want to thank everyone for their prayers and concerns during the last few weeks. This was a difficult decision to make, but the right decision. 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.”

Statement from Director of Athletics Norwood Teague

“Coach Kill is taking time to continue treatment and focus on managing his Epilepsy. Tracy Claeys will serve as the interim head coach until Coach Kill is ready to return. Coach Kill will remain in very close contact with the team and his staff and provide direction and support as needed. Our support for Coach Kill is unwavering and we look forward to his return to full-time coaching duties.

“This is a great group of student-athletes under the guidance of one of the longest-tenured and most respected staffs in college football, and there is no doubt in my mind that they will continue to move this program forward and make us proud.”

Statement from University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler

“Athletics DirectorNorwood Teague and Coach Kill are managing this health situation, as it relates to our football program, in the most straightforward and caring manner possible. They are acting in the best interests of this University, its alumni and fans and, most importantly, the student-athletes who have placed their trust in us. I eagerly look forward to Coach Kill’s return and wish him all the best.”

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