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Golden Nugz - 09.26.11

There really is just one major story worth talking about. Jerry Kill is back in the hospital with seizures. This from the U of Minn's official press release.

"The seizures continue to be a concern for me and my family," Kill said. "Rebecca and I have made the decision to do what it takes to find a solution. I hope to be back to work soon, but we believe that taking some time away to get a handle on this is the right thing to do."

According to Gopher football team physician Dr. Pat Smith, Kill suffered another seizure Sunday morning. Smith said that Kill is in good condition and his vital signs remain strong, but that he will be admitted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for further testing and evaluation. Smith was unable to speculate on how long he expected Kill's stay at Mayo to last.

"Coach Kill is determined to get this issue resolved," director of athletics Joel Maturi said. "We all want what's best for him, and his health is our first and foremost concern. I have full confidence that our football staff will get the team prepared while Jerry is away. We all want him back on the sidelines. But it's time to find a resolution."

This is a serious problem. Coach Kill needs to get this figured out both for his own safety's sake and for the sake of the program. I know it seems callus to talk about how this affects the program when he is having life altering medical issues, but that is part of the package when you take on a college football program. He needs to get this straightened out so he can get back to coaching and working on the process to get this team turned around. Missing games, missing practices, missing planning meetings and likely getting beaten up on the recruiting trails will not help move this program forward.