Gophers coach Kill misses Michigan game after Saturday morning seizure
University of Minnesota Gophers football coach Jerry Kill did not travel to Michigan after suffering a seizure Saturday morning, the athletic department confirmed.
Michigan (5-0) secured a 42-13 victory after a tight first half with the Gophers (4-2, 0-2 Big Ten) trailing 14-7, but the Wolverines pulled away and ultimately held on to the Little Brown Jug for the 22nd time in 23 years.
A statement released by the University of Minnesota Athletics Department said Kill wasn't feeling well on Friday morning but had planned to meet the team in Ann Arbor on Saturday.
"Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill is at home in Minneapolis and will not be on the sideline for today's game against Michigan. Coach Kill was not feeling well on Friday morning and decided to meet the team in Ann Arbor on Saturday. He then suffered a seizure on Saturday morning and will remain at home in Minnesota for today's game.
Coach Kill has been in contact with his staff today and defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will serve as Minnesota's acting head coach from the press box."
This marks Coach Kill's fifth game-day seizure in the three seasons he has been head coach of the Gophers.
Executive director Vicki Kopplin of the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota issued the following statement on Coach Kill's absence from the Michigan game:
"The difficult reality is that epilepsy is a complex neurological disorder; getting and maintaining seizure control can be difficult and can change over time. The Foundation supports Coach Kill and his family, as well as the 60,000 people and their families in MN and ND who live with epilepsy. The challenges that seizures present are all too familiar for many families dealing with epilepsy."