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Souhan blog: Answering the FAQs on Kill column

  • Blog Post by: Jim Souhan
  • September 15, 2013 - 1:23 PM

After writing about Jerry Kill's latest seizure, I received a few thousand emails expressing anger. I'll address some of the most frequently-asked questions here:

-Yes, I understand that the University of Minnesota can't and shouldn't fire Jerry Kill because he has epileptic seizures. I do believe the administration should ask him to step aside, and believe Kill should do so.

-No, I don't believe it's OK for everyone to accept that Kill will not be able to coach frequently because of his seizures and that his assistants can handle his duties. The U didn't hire Kill's assistants for more than a million dollars a year to handle his duties. They hired Jerry Kill with the assumption that he could handle the job.

-Yes, I am sympathetic to Kill. I expressed that in my column. But his is not the average job. He can't pretend to be the same as someone who works 9-5 in a cubicle. He is in the entertainment industry. He is the face of a program and by extension a University.

-No, I don't think I'm being cruel, I think many of you are being cruel. Kill has had four seizures on game days in 16 home games at Minnesota. The stress of the job seems to have a negative effect on him. You shouldn't want him to put himself in that position for your entertainment.

-No, my criticism of Kill has nothing to do with his coaching. I think he's a solid coach who has a chance to succeed here. But he's not doing the program or himself or his family any favors by risking his health.

-No, I don't write the headlines.

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