Back to Work for Coach Kill

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Head football coach Jerry Kill left Rochester, Minn. - home of the Mayo Clinic - at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning. By 1 p.m., he was leading a staff meeting at the Gibson-Nagurski Complex. A few hours later, he was leading a Gopher football practice.

About two hours after starting that practice, the head coach talked with the assembled media for nearly 30 minutes. Kill, who said he is tired of talking about his health, said he wanted to address the situation and then turn the focus to Michigan.

"I have a complicated issue," Kill said of the disorder that has caused him to suffer seizures. "It's not something I'm going to die from, but it's complicated right now. The rest of it, I've talked enough about it. They haven't got it all figured out yet, but hopefully they'll make progress on it and we'll be fine."

Kill told his team after practice that the only way he won't be with them is if he is physically unable to be. He also told them he plans to be coaching at the University of Minnesota long after they've graduated.

"If I'm not here, it's because I'm not able to," Kill said. "But they hired me to turn this program around and I have to be here to do that. I'm not in a position where I can take two weeks off."

Kill said he has every intention of coaching his team when the Gophers play 19th-ranked Michigan at 11 a.m. CT Saturday in Ann Arbor. 

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Let's take the Jug back!


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