Head coach for the Minnesota Golden Gopher Jerry Kill has decided to put his health before football for the first time in his career and try to get a handle on an issue that has taken him from the sideline twice in the past month: epilepsy
The 52 year-old coach and the university let online sports betting fans everywhere that he is taking an open-ended leave of absence from the team to focus on treatment and management of his chronic neurological disorder, and at this point no one knows when he will be able to return to the Golden Gophers.
The team isn’t in any hurry to have Kill return to the sideline after the coach last week suffered his fifth game-day seizure in three college football seasons.
Filling for Kill will be defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys. Kill and the bulk of his assistants have been together longer than any other staff in the country, and the Minnesota team will need to count on that continuity and familiarity now more than ever.
YouWager experts have learned that coach Kill has had five seizures on game day in his two-plus seasons with the Golden Gophers. President Eric Kaler and athletic director Norwood Teague have always stood behind him through those absences, insisting that the issue could be managed and that the progress the program showed under Kill validated their faith in him.
However Kill is on record saying he does not want to continue missing parts of games, as he did for the second half of last season’s game versus the Michigan State Spartans.
The seizures appeared to make this season even worse. The Kansas native coach missed the second half of a victory versus the Western Illinois Leathernecks on Sept. 14 and then couldn’t make the trip with the team last weekend to Ann Arbor, Mich.