Sunday, September 25, 2011
Jerry Kill to seek further hospital care
By Brian Bennett
Jerry Kill vowed in the middle of last week to keep fighting and coaching through his problems with seizures.
"I'm going to go like hell until I go down, and when I go down, and they can do whatever they do and I'm going to go again," he said in a feisty news conference Tuesday.
But the Minnesota coach knows he has to do what's best for himself right now. So he is heading back into the hospital for further treatment.
Kill suffered a seizure on the sidelines late in the loss to New Mexico State in Week 2 and spent several days in the hospital. He returned to coach the Gophers' next two games but admitted in his news conference last week that he'd been experiencing multiple seizures ever since the New Mexico State one.
He had another one on Sunday, and that was enough to convince him to go to the Mayo Clinic for more testing and evaluation.
"The seizures continue to be a concern for me and my family,” Kill said in a statement released by the school. “Rebecca and I have made the decision to do what it takes to find a solution. I hope to be back to work soon, but we believe that taking some time away to get a handle on this is the right thing to do.”
No one knows at this point how long Kill will be out. He is enough of a fighter that I'm sure he'll be itching to be back on the sidelines this week, especially with the Big Ten opener at Michigan looming.
But, obviously, his health is first and foremost right now. He'll get top notch treatment at the Mayo Clinic and needs to do whatever it takes to fix this problem so he can lead a normal life.
This news comes at a time when the Gophers are struggling on the field. Though they rallied behind Kill to beat Miami of Ohio in his first game back, they lost to the FCS North Dakota State Bison on Saturday. It has to be difficult on the players not knowing when their head coach will be back.
But they and the fans should understand Kill must take care of himself. This is scary stuff. We wish him the best.