Doctor: Kill Could Be Back Coaching This Weekend

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gophers head coach Jerry Kill could return to the sidelines as soon as this weekend, according to the team physician.

Kill is getting back to normal after suffering a seizure late in Saturday’s game against New Mexico State. Dr. Pat Smith said in a press conference Monday that Kill is doing well, but is still in the hospital. He alluded that Kill could possibly be released Monday night.

“He has undergone extensive testing, both labs and procedures, all of which have been totally normal,” Smith said.

Sources told WCCO-TV’s Mike Max that Kill was kept in the hospital longer than usual to try and determine what is causing his seizures. They said in previous instances, Kill was treated for his symptoms and released.

Kill had warned his team of the possibility that he could have a seizure because of his battle with cancer.

In a statement released by the University on Monday, Kill said he was grateful for all the support he’s received.

“Rebecca and I want to thank everyone for their prayers and concern,” Kill said. “We’ve received great support from friends, fans and colleagues across the state of Minnesota and around the country and I am humbled by all the get-well wishes. I’m feeling better each day and hope to be back with the team soon. Until then, I have full confidence in my coaching staff to prepare our team to play its best this week against Miami.”

Smith said he is aware that Kill is eager to return to coaching, but Smith and the doctors taking care of Kill want to make sure all precautions are taken to limit the possibility of this happening again.

“Once he leaves the hospital, we don’t have control of him. So, we’re going to make sure … the medication levels are appropriate, that he’s feeling well enough and then encourage him to get back when he feels well,” said Smith. “We have hospitalized him more as a precaution to address those issues that we can address now and not let this occur in the future.”

Saturday’s incident marks the third time in Kill’s coaching career that he has had a seizure on game day. Smith said while they can’t say for sure if it will happen again, they are working to control the situation.

He said team trainers will be taking extra measures to keep Kill well-hydrated and avoid overheating, which can trigger seizures.

Smith said he expects Kill to make a full recovery and be back on the Gopher sideline “sooner rather than later.” However, Smith would not give a timetable for when Kill would be released from the hospital and return to coaching duties.

  • quentin

    If you want him on the sideline Saturday, don’t show him any video from the New Mexico State game.

  • Larry

    Of course we all wish him well in his recovery. With that said. WOW what a horrible coaching debut. If a big ten team cannot beat the likes of NM State, we should seriously consider 2 things. Dropping football or firing Kill right now and get someone competent in here right away instead of wasting 2 or 3 years. I’m embarrassed to be a gopher fan. (what’s new though)

  • Tony

    Youda MAN Coach K! Hated seein you floppin round the field last sat. I would have done that too though if I were responsible for that kinda loss, no hard feelings:) Take it easy on the hard stuff for awhile and get well soon will ya.

  • Jack

    It’s only a game Larry

  • Dave Campbell

    I have complete confidence that coach Kill will get the program back on track. Anyone that thinks a football program can be turned around in just 6 months doesn’t know much about the game. Coach Kill is dealing with a team that was recruited by his predecessor and is adapting his coaching philosophies to the players that he has to work with. I wish coach Kill nothing but the best with the Gopher football team and hope he has a speedy recovery! Coack Kill is a class act and deserves a chance to show us what he can do with a program that was in a bad downward spiral!

    • drts

      Dave: You must be a young fellow. Had you followed the Gophers for the past several decades, you would not be so optimistic. “Downward spiral”? That plane crashed long ago. The U is the graveyard of coaches. Likely always will be.

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  • a fan of good football

    When will the gophers get a real coach and a good atheltic diector. As it stands, they will always be want a bees.

  • Fred

    Looks like coach should decide to drop a few pounds too…Weight watchers is having a special I think! Try running around at practice coach bubble buns

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