Jerry Kill's seizure is third in three years

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 15, 2013 - 9:21 AM

The Gophers coach, who has epilepsy, was taken to the hospital at halftime.

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mtb29erSep. 14, 13 7:35 PM

Coach - we love you, but it's time...

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uraveragejoeSep. 14, 13 7:58 PM

Hang in there coach. Get well, and keep things in perspective.

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lloyd55423Sep. 14, 13 8:17 PM

Back in the 60s, we had a neighbor Old Man Sturzer who had epilepsy. That never kept him from working on the Ford assembly lineup to retirement. It's a shame they're closing that place down now.

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gvflorenceSep. 14, 13 8:23 PM

Maybe the booth is the place for him? Still head coach, just not in the thick of the stress.

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tubbysgreatSep. 14, 13 8:24 PM

No big deal,Let him coach.Hopefully in the next 10 years people will learn to live with other people's disabilities.

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bstjernSep. 14, 13 8:37 PM

I look forward to the Jerry Kill cam at the Rose Bowl!

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julio57Sep. 14, 13 8:44 PM

I am a huge Jerry Kill supporter, but I have serious doubts about his ability to coach this team. There are two possibilities here: Either his seizures are far more common than they are letting the public know, or the stress of coaching Big Ten games is causing seizures. Either way it is bad. This is not a judgement on Kill or his condition, but an evaluation of work. It is not acceptable for a coach to miss a game a year for any reason, let alone harm the performance of the team with the distraction and worrying about their coach rather than focusing on the game. This is a harsh truth in any business. I am not calling for Kill to be fired. I am just saying that there needs to be a plan in place and serious conversations about the future of the program because this cannot continue indefinitely.

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dlm5055Sep. 14, 13 9:08 PM

The coach has a disability that occasionally (3 times in 3 years) causes him to have to miss 1/2 of work. How many of us has that happened to? He was there all week preparing for the game. He is not the offensive coordinator or the defensive coordinator. He is an inspiration. He does his job in spite of his illness. Support him. Don't criticize him.

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dmbfan365Sep. 14, 13 9:35 PM

If we have seen several seziures on TV that means he is having them a lot more than we see. He is a great guy, but this isn't the answer long term. It isn't good for recruiting or the future of this program or most importantly him. Playing big time football is enough stress without having to worry about if your coach will be around.

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blueeyeSep. 14, 13 9:52 PM

I think jerry is getting the program going in the right direction but I think he should consider retirement for the sake of his health.

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