Blog Entry

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffers seizure

Posted on: September 10, 2011 8:08 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2011 9:56 pm
  •  
 
Posted by Adam Jacobi

UPDATE - Minnesota has issued an official release: 

University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill suffered what Gophers team doctor Pat Smith described as a reoccurrence of a seizure disorder with 20 seconds remaining in Gophers’ 28-21 loss to New Mexico State Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Kill was immediately attended to by medical personnel. Dr. Smith said his vital signs were normal as he was cared for on the field. He was then transported by ambulance to a local hospital for further observation.

“Coach Kill has a history of seizures, which has been well controlled through medications,” Dr. Smith said during a postgame news briefing. “There is a history of trouble with dehydration and heat seems to kick that up. It was very hot and humid today.

“We were able to give him medications to sedate him,” Smith continued. “He was breathing, his vital signs were absolutely normal and responded typical of someone responding to a seizure.”

Dr. Smith provided University officials with a further update early in the evening following the game and said that Kill was stable and awake, but medicated. He said that Kill was improving and talking with his wife Rebecca, but would undergo further testing as a precaution.

According to Dr. Smith, Kill is expected to recover fully, but said that it was too early to give a timetable for his return to the team.

----------------------------------
In the waning seconds of New Mexico State's 28-21 victory at Minnesota, Gophers head coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure on the sidelines and was taken directly to the hospital. He is currently in stable condition.

With 20 seconds left in Minnesota's last drive of the game on a 3rd down, Kill fell to the ground and began twitching and flailing. Big Ten Network cameras captured the incident briefly, but quickly cut away as soon as the cameraman realized what was happening. Kill remained down on the field for several minutes before he was put onto a stretcher and carted out of the stadium, as shown at right.

According to Minnesota RapidReporter Dana Wessel, Kill has a history of seizures after his battle with kidney cancer, and this latest episode kept him on the field for 15 minutes before he was carted off. Kill's condition had been made known to the players long before this incident, according to quarterback MarQueis Gray, and considering Kill suffered a seizure during a game in 2005, it'd be hard to keep the disorder a secret.

At any rate, Kill returned to coach the next week after the last in-game seizure and has not missed any games due to seizures, and he is expected to be fine in this instance as well. Minnesota doctor Pat Smith addressed the media after the game and told reporters Kill "was at no time under any risk," and that Kill's reaction to the seizure was normal.

Kill's seizure is likely the result of the heat on the field and dehydration. Temperatures in Minnesota reached the upper 80s on Saturday afternoon.
  •  
Comments

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: September 11, 2011 9:35 am
 

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffers seizure

Get better coach



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2011 9:33 am
 

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffers seizure

I have heard of people collapsing during the middle of sporting events before, unfortunately it happens to somebody every year. But to actually see it happen in a live game, and see Jerry Kill moving his body around like that sent shudders throughout my body. Hopefully he is okay, it does not seem as bad as it did when he first collapsed so hopefully his condition improves.



Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: September 11, 2011 1:19 am
 

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffers seizure

God does not tolerate losses to New Mexico State at home. (Clearly.)

Was this the same Minnesota team that almost beat USC at home last week?

Damn. No wonder the guy had a heart attack, I would have too.

New Mexico State.... Damn... when was New Mexico State actually won a game? 2008?





Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2011 12:11 am
 

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffers seizure

he will get better and so will his team. thoughts and prayers Jerry



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 11:23 pm
 

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffers seizure

Good luck and prayers go to coach Kill on a speedy recovery....Don't worry about the dumb a** football team they have stunk for 20 plus years...it did't get broken over night it aint gonna get fixed over night. Take your time coach you got alot of work to do when u do get back.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffers seizure

As an avid and sometimes vocal fan of NMSU I want revel at this win, but alas...

To those intimately a part of Coach Kill's life (and his passion), I offer sincere and heartfelt hope that all is well. Health and well-being, or the lack of, have a penchant for bringing the priority of things into perspective. 



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:34 pm
 

best wishes

hope all is well



Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffers seizure

“There is a history of trouble with dehydration and heat seems to kick that up. It was very hot and humid today."

The doctor said heat compunds the problem, it really seems insane to call someone a jackoff over that.  

I wish Coach Kill the best, he giuded NIU to great seasons and I hope he does well in MN, that is going to be a tough program to turn around.



Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffers seizure

Get well coach! Thoughts n prayers.



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2011 9:51 pm
 

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffers seizure

" heat on the field and dehydration"  come on and get some information,  It was in the mid 80's on the field, not hot at all, Kill Coached at Southern Illinois in the heat, his seizures are triggered by more that heat you jackoff!  Best wishes Coach, get well soon!


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com