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.