Gophers coach Jerry Kill tackles epilepsy at pivotal point in his career

  • Article by: Joe Christensen , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 10, 2013 - 4:30 PM

At the dawn of a new season, Jerry Kill has come to a pivotal juncture in his eight-year quest to gain control of his seizures.

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johnhloydOct. 10, 13 8:00 PM

Can't believe Jer's illness wasn't manifested before we hired him... Someone needs to own up... and be strung-up.. I've waited 50+ years waiting for the return of the golden age... I thinking it's not going to happen in my life time...

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optimateOct. 10, 13 5:08 PM

The highest paid part time coach in college.

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gowildcatsSep. 27, 13 6:36 PM

I would think you almost have to be superhuman to be a successfully D1 football coach-tough to do in this situation.

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johnhloydSep. 19, 13 2:20 PM

Too bad we have to keep score.... We'd have a great program, an inspiration program if we didn't have to keep score!!

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allan33Sep. 16, 13 8:41 AM

It's sad that people are asking for a coach to resign based on a medical condition that he has, not on his team's on-field performance. For the people who are uncomfortable having a person with Epilepsy as a figurehead in the public eye, I encourage you to educate yourself on the condition, before deciding that someone is incapable of holding that position.

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hanson64Aug. 15, 1311:35 AM

Coach Kill will win at Minnesota. And we will have both a quality person and plenty of wins.

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redharp72Aug. 15, 13 2:08 AM

Thank You coach I had a running coach who let me run with epilepsy.I became a state champ.Ran a marathon at age 17. There are many people to teach everyday about this subject of seizures.I've been trying for 45 yrs.God bless you and your wife.

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Swede700Aug. 13, 1311:39 AM

I can certainly identify with Coach Kill, considering I have the "seizure disorder" as well (that's we've always called it too) and take the same exact medication. My son has it, and my mother did have it, although she grew out of it. It is a disorder (not a disease), but people seem to always be "in a fog" about it (pun intended) when it occurs, which I find surprising to this day. For me, luckily, I have not had one since 1998, but prior to that, generally had 1 per year or every other year since I was a baby. It's been rather controlled, and once under control, life is normal. Kill will be fine. While his doesn't appear to be completely under control, it is still rather rare for him, because I've read of people who have them every few minutes, which makes it very difficult for them to live life normally. My son had them quite frequently when he was younger (he's now 13), so he's been developmentally delayed, but he's catching up now that they've been much rarer. He, along with Kill and I, have been lucky. There are others that are significantly worse.

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gopher2007Aug. 12, 13 5:21 PM

Thank you for putting this serious condition on the front page of your paper. I'm a former female Gopher athlete who suffers from epilepsy and just got out of the hospital after a week of testing. My mom emailed me this article the next day and I cried. I share your pain and anger for the "freak" comment, but hope this will raise awareness. THANK YOU Joe and Coach Kill AND GO GOPHERS!!!

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allmineAug. 12, 13 2:55 PM

I was watching that game on TV last year the first time he went down---it was hot and they said it can be caused by not having enough hydration---ummmm, first step is to NOT be stupid and drink water. And for those that think he is the closest to a father they will ever have, give me a break people. This is football, not life. I am sick of people equating sports to the best thing these guys will do with their life. How about redesignating some of those millions that go into this coach and program to academics??

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