The Minnesota Golden Gophers have been in a bit of a pickle lately due to the constant absence of head coach Jerry Kill from the team’s games each week. He has missed two games this year due to his epileptic seizures and it has been an issue for the head coach for the past three seasons. Actually, it’s been an issue far longer than that, but it has been an issue in Minnesota for the past three years.
As one of the top new coaches in the Big Ten, Kill has been told that he will not be fired because of the problem that keeps plaguing him and has been for his entire life, but he has made a smart choice recently. The head coach has chosen to step away from football for the time being to get some help with his epilepsy.
He released a statement on Thursday:
“My wife Rebecca, myself and our two daughters want to thank everyone for their prayers and concerns during the last few weeks. This was a difficult decision to make, but the right decision. Our staff has been together a long time and I have full confidence in Coach Claeys and them during my time away. Every decision that will be made will be in the best interest of the players and the program. I look forward to returning to the Minnesota sideline on a full-time basis soon.”
For a guy who has been fighting his whole life to defeat this sickness, he has made the correct step in the right direction for his health. It has to be tough for his players to rarely see the coach on the sidelines during games, but that has becoming the norm for them as they know he is rooting for them and cheering them on wherever he is.
This is great news for the guy and the Minnesota program who wants him as healthy as he can be before he gets back to coaching . Thoughts go out to Kill and his family.
Well done, Jerry.