Gopher Head Coach Suffers Seizures On The Sidelines

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Gopher head coach Jerry Kill suffered a heat caused seizure on the sidelines of TCF Bank Stadium during the final seconds of Saturday’s home opener game against New Mexico State.

According to the Big Ten Network, Kill is in stable condition at a local hospital.

At a press conference Saturday evening, a Gopher spokesperson said Kill suffered a heat caused seizure stemming from complications with his cancer medication.

Gopher team doctor Pat Smith said Kill “was at no time under any risk in any way.”

The Gophers lost Saturday’s game, 28-21. But as emergency responders carried Kill off the field, the crowd chanted, “Jerry! Jerry!”

While Gophers players looked shocked and concerned to see their coach go down on the sidelines, Kill’s coaching staff remained calm.

Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys said previous experience with Kill’s seizures made Saturday’s episode easier to handle.

“It looks worse than what it is, for the most part,” Claeys said. “He’s never missed a game. We just told our kids don’t panic with it. We’ll keep them up to date.”

Gopher staff said they expect Kill to be out of the hospital Sunday and coaching next week’s game. They also said the seizure Kill suffered Saturday was not as severe as the one he suffered in 2005.

Kill’s Seizure History

Kill twice had seizures late in games while coaching at Southern Illinois, once in 2001 and again in 2005. He also collapsed and had a seizure while taping a television show in 2006. Each time, he was able to return to work without missing a game.

Kill has been taking medication to control the seizures for years, some of which doctors say stem from his treatment for kidney cancer. He had one in the closing seconds of Southern Illinois’ 61-35 home loss to Illinois State on Oct. 15, 2005 and another in at the school November 2001.

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  • Dave Stinson

    Very scary.

    • Ruth Thomas

      No need to be scared, Dave. Just goes to show there are many of us who live with challenges everyday that we never see.

  • Dan Rakow

    God Bless and Get Well Jerry!

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  • Mark Lavalla

    Good health Jerry

  • JL

    Get well coach, you are doing a great job and have many wins ahead of you with this Gopher team.

  • Coleen guhl

    Praying for a speedy recovery and additional help to control the seizures.

  • rjh

    I hope Coach Kill will have a quick recovery- he’s a brave man!

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  • Fan

    I wish the media would show some restaint and not post pictures of people while they are receiving medical treatment. Using photos of such moments is so distasteful and shows they are willing to exploit any situation in the name of “news”

  • Riley

    you know, why do news cast have to be dill holes and show him seizing, that is so ignorant! I told my fiance right after it happened, that watch one of the news stations will show the video….. this is just one more reason why I hardly watch wcco any more, because I haven’t see the video on any of the others yet……

    We love you kill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Uncle Joe

      Yeah. I don’t think WCCO should report it anymore either when MN sports teams lose. That is so disrespectful to the players, and all the little kids who’s heroes are the athletes on sports teams. Their little feelings are hurt when their favorite team loses, so mean ol’ WCCO should just stop reporting it!

  • dunwithcco

    A coworker tried to compare showing Kill’s seizure at the game to showing people jumping out of the burning WTC. The problem and difference is those jumping out of the building were not readily identifiable whereas you knew it was Coach Kill on the sideline having a seizure. WCCO is a sad organization for showing this and they owe an apology to its viewers and especially Kill and his family.

    • Grandma

      You are SAD for watching it! WCCO is great. F U!

      • digger

        I’m glad your not MY kid’s grandma with that language.

        • Grandma

          You’re a dingbat!

  • karen

    People suffer seizures every day. I don’t understand why this is so newsworthy. Yes, it is scary to watch…..I know because my son had several seizures between the ages of 10-12, but the doctors never seemed concerned. Certainly no overnight hospital stays. Of course I hope Kill gets better, as I would anybody who was ill. But people have medical conditions. That is life. Does it need to be broadcast?

    • Grandpa

      It was broadcast because there were CAMERAS there broadcasting a football game, you dumb TUNA!

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