Kill doesn’t coach against Michigan after seizure

Jerry Kill had a seizure Saturday morning. He did not make the trip to Michigan.

Jack Satzinger

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — About two hours before kick-off at Michigan Stadium, the University of Minnesota athletics department announced head coach Jerry Kill had a seizure Saturday morning.

In a statement, the  athletic department said Kill was sick Friday morning and did not fly with the team to Ann Arbor. He was planning on meeting with the team Saturday, but remained at home after the seizure.

In Kill’s absence, defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys took over as the Gophers head coach from the press box, and defensive line coach Jeff Phelps and tight ends coach Rob Reeves took over on the field. 

Kill, who has epilepsy, contacted his coaching staff Saturday, the statement said.

This is Kill’s fifth reported game day seizure in his tenure at Minnesota. His most recent occurred at halftime of Minnesota’s 29-12 victory over Western Illinois on Sep. 14.