U of M AD: Kill's seizures concerning, not distracting

6:19 PM, Nov 26, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS --  It's often said in sports that an off the field distraction can poison the on field performance.

What is happening in the Gopher Football program right now is more concerning, however, than it is distracting.

On Saturday Gopher Head Coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure at half-time at the home game against Michigan State.

Kill did not return to the game.

It was the third game day seizure in his two years as head coach.

Kill went down on the sidelines last season against New Mexico State on live television, post game in October of this year after losing to Northwestern and then this past Saturday.

University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague knew well enough on Saturday to go to the press and start talking about the questions people are now starting to ask.

"I know this will bring up questions moving forward but we have 100% confidence in Jerry," Teague said.

But what about Coach Kill's health?

Kill has publicly said he suffered more seizures than he could count last year after the sideline seizure at TCF Bank Stadium against New Mexico State.

In his career Kill has a seizure at Emporia State as head coach in 2000 and then on three different occasions as head coach at SIU in Southern Illinois.

Dr. Alexander Zubkov, a neurologist at Fairview Southdale, says there are triggers to epileptic seizures.

"Stress may bring the seizures, it does not cause seizures but it may precipitate the seizures, sleep deprivation very commonly brings on seizures."

As far as the future of the program goes, Teague says Coach Kill is still his guy.
There have been rumors out there about how this could hurt the coach's chances on the recruiting front.

Teague says he isn't worried about that.

"Recruiting is about relationships, and Coach Kill is great at forming and keeping those relationships."

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