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Kill lauds Gophers for rallying after seizure

09/17 10:13 PM

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, back at work after another game-day seizure, applauded his players and coaching staff Tuesday for rallying to win against Western Illinois.

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, back at work after another game-day seizure, applauded his players and coaching staff Tuesday for rallying to win against Western Illinois.

"Our players and coaches do a good job teaching and coaching," said Kill, who suffered a seizure shortly before halftime Saturday. "I would tell you I'm very proud of our players and coaching staff and the job they did in the second half, and I'm very appreciative. It shows you this game is a heck of a lot more important than one person, that's for sure."

Speaking on the Big Ten coaches' teleconference Tuesday, Kill said he was "doing fine" and didn't want to talk about health concerns. Kill, who has epilepsy, instead wanted to focus on this week's game against San Jose State.

Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague said Monday that the school is 100 percent behind Kill, who has had three game-day seizures since taking over as coach in 2011.

"I certainly appreciate that, and I know that from our president," Kill said. "Sometimes it's forgotten in this game, but it's about the players, not the coach. I appreciate that support, and it gives me a lot more time to focus on what's important, and that's the players."

Kill later said in his weekly news conference that he's never considered coaching from the press box.


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