Minnesota to host Go-Pher Epilepsy Awareness Game likely without Kill on sideline

by Jack Satzinger

Minnesota is hosting its second annual game for epilepsy awareness Saturday against Nebraska, but there's a strong possibility head coach Jerry Kill won't be coaching due to his illness. Kill took a leave of absence Oct. 10 to focus on epilepsy treatment.

Still, Kill has been around his team over the past week. He was at practice Wednesday. He visited the team last Friday before they flew to Evanston, Ill., to take on Northwestern. Kill surprised his players by showing up at halftime and motivating them to get the win

Assuming Kill doesn't coach Saturday, all signs point to him watching the game from the coaches' box as he did last week. There will likely be an outpouring of fan support for Kill, who seems to be pointing the team in the right direction after Minnesota's 5-2 start. However, many of the fans at the game will also be from visiting Nebraska

With Kill on leave, defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys has been the Gophers' acting head coach. He's had to make some adjustments moving from the coaches' box to the sideline.  

Minnesota's Go-Pher Epilepsy Awareness Game is put on along with the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota to bring awareness to the disease. According to the foundation, Kill is one of 2.2 million people in the United States who suffer from seizures.