Jerry Kill's medical scares

  • September 13, 2011 - 6:46 AM


Oct. 15, 2000: The day after Emporia State's 21-0 loss to Pittsburg State, Jerry Kill suffered a seizure immediately after getting out of bed. A student staying with the family found him, bloodied from the beating his flailing limbs gave him. He was hospitalized for three days.

Nov. 10, 2001: An hour after Southern Illinois' 25-24 loss to then-Southwest Missouri State on a hot, muggy night, Kill collapsed in his office and was taken to a nearby hospital. Doctors determined dehydration was also the culprit in that case.

Oct. 15, 2005: With 30 seconds remaining in a 61-35 home loss to Illinois State, Kill collapsed on the sideline. The SIU coach suffered as many as six seizures over the next few days, one so severe it broke two ribs. In doing follow-up tests, doctors discovered cancer in a kidney, which was removed after the season. The cancer has not recurred.

Oct. 22, 2006: The morning after SIU's 27-24 loss to Western Kentucky, Kill was at a television studio preparing to tape his coach's show when he was stricken. After being hospitalized a couple of days, he returned in time for the following week's game, but coached from the press box.

Sept. 12, 2010: Shortly after waking a day after Northern Illinois' 23-17 victory over North Dakota in its home opener, Kill collapsed at home. His body wasn't retaining the seizure medication he was taking, the coach said, due to side effects of gallbladder surgery nine days earlier. He was hospitalized in Chicago for four days.

Sept. 10, 2011: Twenty seconds remained in the Gophers' 28-21 loss to New Mexico State when Kill fell to the ground and suffered a seizure. Doctors blame dehydration on a hot, sunny day for the condition, and Kill hopes to be released from a hospital "sooner than later," according to the Gophers' team physician.


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