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Minnesota Golden Gophers Coach Jerry Kill Released From Hospital


Jesse Johnson – US Presswire


Minnesota Golden Gophers coach Jerry Kill has now been released from hospital after he suffered a seizure on the weekend. The seizure came late Saturday afternoon after the Gophers were defeated by the Northwestern Wildcats.

Minnesota defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys spoke to local reporters on Sunday and indicated that Kill’s seizure was only minor. He said Kill was just taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons – he was resting comfortably by Saturday night.

Kill has been suffering from seizures since 2005 after being diagnosed with kidney cancer. Last September, he suffered a more severe seizure that forced him to be hospitalized for several days. At the age of 51, Kill has not let his health issues slow him down, and has been able to bounce back and return to the team quickly after any issues.

The Golden Gophers had started off the season in solid fashion when they raced out to a 4-0 record, and there was optimism that perhaps a bowl game could be reached. However, they have gone 0-2 in the conference since then, as they were pounded by the Iowa Hawkeyes and made several critical mistakes in a sloppy game against the Wildcats on Saturday.

The Golden Gophers will need to get things sorted out in a hurry as they will face the Wisconsin Badgers this coming Saturday. The Badgers have won two straight and are only giving up an average of 18 points per game. Running back Montee Ball has also picked it up as of late. Ball ran for a career-high 247 yards and scored three touchdowns last week against the Purdue Boilermakers, becoming the all-time leader in touchdowns in Big 10 history in the process, passing Ron Dayne.

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