Team Physician Updates Kill's Health

The Gophers' team physician, Dr. Pat Smith, updated the media on coach Jerry Kill's health.

University of Minnesota football team physician Dr. Pat Smith provided an update on the condition of head coach Jerry Kill during a news briefing at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex Monday Afternoon.

Kill suffered a seizure late in the Golden Gophers' game against New Mexico State at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday and has been recovering at a local hospital since.

"I'm happy to report that Coach Kill is doing very well," Dr. Smith said. "He's alert, eating, not on any IVs. He has undergone extensive testing, both labs and procedures, all of which have been totally normal. His vital signs have at no time been altered. That includes on the field and since."

Dr. Smith added that he expects Kill to make a full recovery and be back on the Gopher sideline "sooner rather than later." However, a timetable for Kill's release from the hospital and his return to work has yet to be determined.

"I anticipate and expect (Kill) will have a full recovery, which is uneventful both now and in the future," Dr. Smith said. "Currently, we're still waiting on a few studies to make a final determination about what the best, appropriate medical management will be going forward."

Kill, 50, said that he was grateful for the outpouring of support he has received over the past 48 hours.

"Rebecca and I want to thank everyone for their prayers and concern," Kill said. "We've received great support from friends, fans and colleagues across the state of Minnesota and around the country and I am humbled by all the get-well wishes. I'm feeling better each day and hope to be back with the team soon. Until then, I have full confidence in my coaching staff to prepare our team to play its best this week against Miami."

Dr. Smith said that he and the other doctors managing Kill's care are well aware that the Gophers' head man is eager to get back to work, but want to make sure all proper care has been taken to eliminate or limit the chances of another episode occurring.

"As you'd anticipate Coach Kill's feeling is that he wants to get back on the field," Dr. Smith said. "We've got a little control of him right now and we're going to make sure we've dotted our I's and crossed our T's before (his release) happens. Once he leaves the hospital, we don't have control of him. So, we're going to make sure … the medication levels are appropriate, that he's feeling well enough and then encourage him to get back when he feels well. We have hospitalized him more as a precaution to address those issues that we can address now and not let this occur in the future."

While Coach Kill is recuperating in the hospital, his coaching staff and team are taking a business-as-usual approach.

The Gophers watched film, went over corrections from Saturday's game and practiced Sunday afternoon. Today is an off day for the team. The squad will reconvene Tuesday afternoon and continue its preparation for this Saturday's contest with Miami (Ohio). Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 2:37 p.m. at TCF Bank Stadium.


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