Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.
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The seizure that struck Jerry Kill on the sidelines of TCF Bank Stadium last Saturday was the worst one he has ever experienced, the Gophers' coach told Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman on Friday, and he experienced additional seizures during his five-day stay in the hospital.
Kill is tired but recovering -- "It's kind of knocked me out," he said one day after being released from the hospital -- and he intends to coach his team against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. Kill said he has not decided whether to watch from the sidelines or the press box.
Kill said he doesn't remember much about Saturday's seizure, which occurred with 20 seconds remaining in the Gophers' 28-21 loss to New Mexico State. He recalls waking up in the hospital.
Kill spent Friday meeting with his coaches and taking part in the Gophers' walkthrough for Saturday's game. The Gophers stay in a hotel on the night before home games, but Kill said he would not accompany the team.
The team is well-prepared for Miami, he said, because his staff has worked well together in his absence.
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