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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Jerry Kill says he plans to coach from the sideline this fall

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gopher coaches, Gopher recruiting Updated: May 20, 2014 - 3:11 PM

WILLMAR -- Jerry Kill said Tuesday that he plans to coach from the sideline this fall after coaching mostly from the press box toward the end of last season.

Kill was among the coaches who spoke at the first stop of the annual Gopher Road Trip, at the Willmar American Legion.

After missing the Oct. 5 game at Michigan because of a seizure, Kill took a two-week leave to treat his epilepsy. He coached the final seven games from the press box but returned to the sideline for the second half of the Texas Bowl loss to Syracuse.

“I’ll be on the sideline [this fall],” Kill said in response to a question from the audience. “That’s who I am, and I think that’s best for our team. However, if we need to adjust something, [the coaches have] all been together a long time.”

Kill continues to drive to work each day, in a sign that he’s been seizure free since last fall.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” he said. “I’ve lost a few pounds. I’ve been walking. [Associate Athletics Director Dan] O’Brien and a lot of people are trying to keep me in line. But the No. 1 person is me.”

In other news:

- Kill said he would have loved to see Tony Nelson, the four-time All-American heavyweight wrestler for the Gophers, try out for the football team. But Nelson used a redshirt year in wrestling and competed for four years, using up all his NCAA eligibility.

- Add Alabama to the list of schools that have offered a scholarship to Cretin Derham-Hall defensive tackle Jashon Cornell. The Gophers remain interested but they aren’t too optimistic. He recently told the Detroit News that he was leaning toward Michigan State.

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