Sep 21, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Jose State Spartans quarterback David Fales (10) and Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Jerry Kill talk after the game at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won 43-24. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Golden Gophers’ coach Jerry Kill will stay in the booth


When the Minnesota Golden Gophers host the Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday afternoon, Gophers’ head coach Jerry Kill will remain in the booth.

Kill has had health issues throughout his career. He has had problems with epilepsy and seizures and has been diagnosed with kidney cancer, but that is in remission. Kill was rushed to the hospital for having seizures on game days in both 2010 and 2011 and was even admitted to the Mayo Clinic in 2011. He again had a seizure in 2012 and in 2013, most recently on September 14 in a 29-12 win over Western Illinois.

Kill left the Gophers, seeking treatment, but returned in an October 19 win over the Northwestern Wildcats. The Gophers have since defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Indiana Hoosiers, all with Kill watching from the booth.

“I guess I’m the CEO right now,” Kill told the Associated Press.

Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will continue to serve as the acting head coach on the sideline.

At 7-2, with losses to the Iowa Hawkeyes and Michigan Wolverines, the Gophers have been a pleasant surprise.

The Gophers and Nittany Lions will kickoff at noon EST and the game is on ESPN2.

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