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Minnesota AD supports Jerry Kill '100 percent'

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Jerry Kill has the full support of his school
Jerry Kill has the full support of his school. (USATSI)

On Saturday Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure while on the sideline during Minnesota's game against Western Illinois. Kill was taken to the hospital and eventually released while assistant coaches Tracy Claeys and Jay Sawvel served as head coach in his absence.

Considering this was the fourth time in 22 games that Kill has suffered a seizure either during or directly after a game, there have been many people openly wondering whether or not Kill should continue coaching the Gophers.

On Monday Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague made it clear the school supports Kill "100 percent."

"I have full faith that we can move forward with the program," Teague told reporters.

Now, while I think Minnesota should support Kill, that doesn't necessarily mean I agree with his decision. I'm not going to say that I think Kill should step down from his job because of his epilepsy. It is his job, his life and his condition. Only Jerry Kill and his family can decide what he should or should not do.

However, if it was me in Kill's shoes, I would seriously consider stepping down. It's obvious that he loves his job and he loves coaching football, but unfortunately it's also obvious that his chosen career has an adverse effect on his health. Three of the seizures Kill has suffered have occurred in the last 11 games, which means they're becoming more frequent.

There comes a point when no matter how much you love what you do, it's not worth the risk.

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