Kill home resting after seizure during Gopher game

3:03 PM, Sep 15, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Gopher Football Head Coach Jerry Kill, who has epilepsy, had a seizure on the sidelines during halftime on Saturday as the Gophers played Western Illinois at TCF Bank Stadium.

It's the fourth seizure he has had during a Gopher game.  He had one in 2011 and two in 2012. 

Because of that, defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys said the players and coaching staff are prepared for something like this.  Still, it surprised some fans.

One fan named Samantha said, "I was here for the game and I have never seen the crowd so quiet.  It was honestly the quietest stadium I have ever been in."

Coach Kill was taken away on a stretcher and driven to an area hospital.

After the game, Gopher Senior Associate Athletic Director Chris Werle read a statement that said Kill was taken to a hospital to ensure proper medication levels.

Defensive Coordinator Tracy Claeys explained what he told players during halftime after Coach Kill's seizure.  He said, "I just walked around to each position [and said], 'We've been here before.  You've been trained well.  We need to get after it. Do your job.  Don't disappoint the coach by not doing your job.'"

The Gophers played the second half of the game beat Western Illinois 29 -12.

Claeys said about Kill, "He's done so much for all of us.  Hell, none of us want to let him down.  That's as good a guy as there is in college football.  We hate to see that that's the situation."

Shortly after 4 p.m. on Saturday, Gopher Football tweeted that Coach Kill was at home and doing well.

A University of Minnesota spokesperson said Athletic Director Norwood Teague is expected to talk about Coach Kill's seizure in the early part of the upcoming week.

Coach Kill will host the Second Annual Epilepsy Awareness Game on October 26th, 2013 when the Gophers play Nebraska.

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