Players, coaches work to make Jerry Kill proud

3:18 PM, Oct 26, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Golden Gophers coach Jerry Kill was once again on hand for Saturday's 34-23 win over Nebraska despite being on medical leave.

The coach continues to work with doctors to manage his epilepsy, but last week, his wife drove him to Evanston, Ill. to watch the Northwestern game from the booth.

On Saturday, he was again in the booth at TCF Bank Stadium cheering on his team in person.

After the game, Kill spoke with offering a special message to fans.

"I just want to tell all the fans how much we appreciate you," he said. "Today, you were the difference. We thank you so much for being part of a big win. And again, we can't do things without you. It's a lot of fun and let's keep moving forward."

Acting coach Tracy Claeys was asked about what Kill's presence has meant to the team over the last two weeks.

"The coaches and players have a tremendous amount of respect for coach Kill," Claeys said. "We know he would love to be with us. Right now, he can't be with us, but we didn't want to disappoint him. As coaches and players we're working our hardest to make him proud."

Claeys who is 2-0 in his role as acting head coach was clear that the team's big win belongs to the program and the leader of that program is Jerry Kill. 

"Everyone wants to ask me questions as the head coach, but I'm not (the head coach). Jerry Kill is the head coach," Claeys said.

One thing is clear, that the loyalty between the coaches and players remains strong. Luckily, there's been enough success on the field so far this year, for everyone to celebrate.

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