University announces Jerry Kill will take time off to manage epilepsy

Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
Updated: October 10, 2013 - 4:27 PM

Tracy Claeys will be the acting head coach while Kill focuses on managing the condition that has kept him away from the team at times during his three seasons at Minnesota.

Gophers football coach Jerry Kill is “continuing to take time to focus on his treatment and better manage his epilepsy,” the team announced Thursday, adding that defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will serve as acting head coach in the interim.

“I’m confident we’re making the best decision,” Athletic Director Norwood Teague said at this afternoon’s press conference.

It’s unclear how much time Kill will miss. The school released this statement from the coach:

“My wife Rebecca, myself and our two daughters want to thank everyone for their prayers and concerns during the last few weeks. This was a difficult decision to make, but the right decision. Our staff has been together a long time and I have full confidence in Coach Claeys and them during my time away. Every decision that will be made will be in the best interest of the players and the program. I look forward to returning to the Minnesota sideline on a full-time basis soon.”

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