Monday, September 12, 2011
Jerry Kill likely to return this week
By Adam Rittenberg
Anyone who watched Jerry Kill's sideline seizure Saturday afternoon couldn't imagine the Minnesota coach returning to his duties within days.
But Kill has been through seizures before, and once again he's speeding down the comeback trail.
Minnesota team physician Pat Smith told reporters Monday that Kill likely will coach the Golden Gophers this week against Miami (Ohio). Smith said Kill will be released from the hospital "sooner than later."
Gophers offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover, a longtime Kill assistant, has told players their coach could be back as soon as Wednesday's practice.
Here's what Limegrover told WCCO radio:
"When it comes upon him, there's not much he can do. It's kind of a perfect storm of circumstances that brought this upon him. Now it's just about getting the medication he's on regulated. It's just getting past the trauma of having the seizure. In the past, it's been several days of recovery."
The 50-year-old Kill also had seizures during games in 2001 and 2005. Both times, he returned for the following game.
Needless to say, this is great news and we continue to wish Kill a speedy recovery. Having Kill on the sideline this week against Miami (Ohio) should provide a huge boost for Gophers players, who were in shock like the rest of us on Saturday.