Kill: I've had about 20 seizures in the last six days

Kill returned to practice Thursday after being released from the hospital earlier that day. He coached the team to a win Saturday.
Gophers head football coach Jerry Kill's wife Rebecca embraces him after the game Saturday against Miami Red Hawks at TCF Bank Stadium.
September 21, 2011

Recurring seizures have plagued head football coach Jerry Kill since his release from the hospital Thursday.

“I’ve had about 20 of them in the last six damn days, and I’m still walking, still coaching,” he said at his weekly press conference Tuesday.

Kill said he has no plans to change his coaching routine.

“What the hell am I supposed to do? Stop? I mean, sit in the chair and wait for the next god-dang seizure to come along?

“I can’t control what I can’t control … I’m going to go like hell until I go down and when I go down, and they can do whatever they do and I’m going to go again. That’s who I am,” he said.

Kill said the onus is on the medical staff to continue to monitor and control the situation.

He said he will let doctors do their job and will continue to coach with the same nose-to-the-grindstone mentality that has made him successful to this point.

“I ain’t changing. And if that ain’t good enough— well, I’ve been doing it now for six years, and I’ve coached pretty damn good the last six years and I’ll coach pretty damn good for the next 15 years.”

His well-documented medical history has garnered national attention since his Sept. 10 sideline collapse.

Kill reiterated that he has a seizure disorder and said it stemmed from his battle with kidney cancer in 2005.

Sometimes, he said, the mixtures of medication just don’t work the way the doctors expected. Part of the problem is dehydration, too.

He joined the team at practice just hours after being released from the hospital Thursday. He coached the Gophers to a win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday from the sideline.


Derek Wetmore contributed to this report.

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