Even as his seizures have grown in frequency over the last two years, Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has always maintained that his epilepsy would never slow him down.
When he wasn’t able to make it to a game for the first time in his coaching career last weekend against Michigan, Kill decided it was time to take a step back, put his health before football for once and try to get a handle on an issue that has removed him from the sideline twice in the past month.
Kill and the university announced Thursday that the coach is taking an open-ended leave of absence from the team to focus on treatment and management of his epilepsy, and it is uncertain when he will be able to return to the Golden Gophers.
“This was a difficult decision to make, but the right decision,” Kill said in a statement.
As he has each time Kill has been absent from the sideline, defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will fill in as acting head coach.
PLAY ON, SOLDIERS
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has decided that football games and other sports will go on at the military service academies this weekend, and continue through the end of the month, despite the government shutdown.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said that Hagel will reassess the issue later this month if Congress still has not passed a budget to fund the federal government.
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