Sunday update: Coach Kill shows continued improvement

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 11, 2011 - 5:14 PM

Gopher Head Coach Jerry Kill was carted off by medics after he had a seizure near the end of the game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., Saturday, September 10, 2011. New Mexico State won 28-21.

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University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill, who collapsed on the sideline near the end of the Gophers' home opener Saturday, continued to show signs of improvement Sunday morning and is resting comfortably at a hospital.

Team physician Dr. Pat Smith said that all tests performed Sunday on Kill have come back normal and that further testing would continue as necessary.

 Smith said that it was too early to discuss further details, including when he expects Coach Kill to be released from the hospital.

"Coach Kill is in good hands and is receiving the very best in medical care," director of athletics Joel Maturi said. "Right now the reports we have received from our medical staff are positive and I am very pleased that he continues to show steady signs of improvement."

The violent seizure in the closing seconds of the Gophers' 28-21 loss to New Mexico State was due to his medication related to his kidney cancer, along with dehydration on a warm and sunny day, school officials said.

Kill has had similar seizures previously in recent years and has always made a full recovery.

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