Cancer scare allows Huskies coach Kill perspective on football and life

Originally Published: August 22, 2008
By Graham Watson | ESPN.com

DEKALB, Ill. -- The first thing Jerry Kill says as he sits down for a long interview after a Sunday practice during fall camp is that he doesn't lie.

It sounds like a gimmick, a ploy to put people at ease, but as he begins talking in a deceptively Southern Kansas accent, making eye contact from the beginning, one quickly realizes that the new coach at Northern Illinois is for real.

But when he's asked about the fight for his life less than three years ago, he looks away. ...

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