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Continued: Gophers football team still searching for answers

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 23, 2013 - 9:09 AM

Abbott: He’s the coach, we’re not talking about him.

Claeys has been in charge since Oct. 5, when Kill was unable to make it to the Michigan game after having a seizure. Kill began an indefinite leave Oct. 10 but surprised everyone by having his wife, Rebecca, drive him to the Northwestern game Saturday.

Kill watched from the coaching booth and addressed the players both at halftime and after the game. Claeys said Kill was in his office Sunday and for a few more hours Monday.

“He’ll be in and out as he feels,” Claeys said. “Like I said, he’s got a process that he’s got to go through, and the better he feels, he likes to be around the kids.”

Kill spent part of his time calling recruits, including Chanhassen offensive lineman Frank Ragnow, who announced last month that he had narrowed his choices to Minnesota, Arkansas, Cal, Florida State, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.

As for how involved Kill will be in game planning for Nebraska, Claeys said, “I would be surprised if he’s heavily involved in it. But the fact he drove seven hours to Chicago [for the Northwestern game], I’m sure he’ll be in the press box for this game.

“And if he’s got some advice to help us win the football game, I’d be glad to listen to it.”

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