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Minnesota Football: Former Gopher Head Coach, Jerry Kill Retires as Rutgers OC

The former Gopher head coach and 1 year OC at Rutgetrs steps down due to health reasons

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Jerry Kill’s health has been front and center of his career for several years.

His consistent battle with epilepsy caused him to be carried off the field during the 2011 season, miss games while seeking treatment during the 2013 season and eventually forced him to retire as the Gopher’s head coach in 2015...with multiple episodes sprinkled in amongst those mentioned.

After leaving Minnesota in an emotional and tearful press conference, he eventually took an administrative job at Kansas State during the 2016. The pull of coaching reeled him back in and Kill spent this past season as the offensive coordinator at Rutgers.

But today, the persistent health concerns have caused Kill to retire from coaching once again.

"I want to thank Chris Ash and Pat Hobbs for giving me the opportunity to coach at Rutgers," Kill said in a statement. "I would also like to thank the players, the Rutgers family, fans and media for everything they have done for Rebecca and I. This program is definitely headed in the right direction with coach Ash and I know that firsthand. I enjoyed the year being an assistant coach and had a ton of fun with the players and coaches.

I hope that through my 34 years of coaching that I was able to be a positive influence on young people because that is truly why I coach. I want to thank all the players for what they have done for me. I appreciate and love all of the people that are part of my family.”

Best wishes and good health to Kill and his family.