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As others see it: It's Kill's health, not ours

The Journal of New Ulm

University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill suffered another epileptic seizure during a Gopher football game on Saturday, creating another stir about whether his health compromises his ability to be an effective leader for the program. Some are saying the U of M should offer him the opportunity to resign for his own health’s sake, and that Kill should accept.

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Coach Kill should ignore the ignoramuses and keep on coaching, if that’s what he wants to do.

Yes, it is disturbing to see someone suffering a seizure. But those with knowledge of the disease and experience in dealing with it should be the ones making the decisions, not someone who feels uncomfortable witnessing an episode.

Kill has plenty of experience with his condition. He and his doctors are working hard to control it. He and his assistant coaches have set up a system to carry on in game situations with minimal disruption. That system went into effect during the game, which the Gophers won.

This is the third time in three seasons that Kill has had a sideline seizure. Those who think this should disqualify him as a football coach probably have a little understanding of coaching as they do of epilepsy. The preparation before the season and the preparation and planning during the week before the game have much more to do with the success of the program as the coach’s presence on the sidelines. All we can say is, Kill’s predecessor Tim Brewster never suffered a seizure during a game, and Kill seems to be doing a much better job with this program than Brewster ever did.

Armchair coaches are a part of the game, but armchair doctors should have no place here. We expect Kill and his doctors will work on his health, and he will continue to work hard for the betterment of Gopher football.