MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffered another game-day seizure, at halftime while the Gophers were playing Western Illinois on Saturday, and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.
But the Gophers, used to this by now, carried on and pulled away for a 29-12 victory. Afterward, despite the unavoidably distracting absence of the boss, they said again they’re not concerned about his health.
Kill was at home and resting comfortably two hours after the game, according to the university. Taken away on a stretcher, after he writhed back and forth on the ground for several minutes with the Gophers in the locker room with a 7-6 lead, Kill went to the hospital to ensure proper medication levels, according to spokesman Chris Werle.
Kill has worked with doctors to bring his seizures under better control with medication, rest, nutrition and exercise, but the stress of a game day is hard to avoid.
Kill suffered a seizure in the locker room at halftime in November 2012 during a loss to Michigan State, his third documented episode during a game at Minnesota since taking over the program in 2011. He had seizures after a defeat by Northwestern in October 2012 and also in September 2011, on the sideline near the end of his first game at TCF Bank Stadium, a loss to New Mexico State. Other episodes have occurred elsewhere, too, including more than a dozen during a particularly difficult week in September 2011 that kept him away from the team. But he has never missed the start of a game, and there’s no indication he won’t be on the sideline next week at home against San Jose State.
OSU president says school will investigate allegations: Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis said the school will conduct an investigation into possible rules violations by the football program that have been alleged in a series of stories by Sports Illustrated this week, and will ask the NCAA to be part of the review.
In a video statement posted online Friday night, Hargis called the allegations “very disturbing.”
The series of stories included numerous former Oklahoma State players making allegations of cash payments to players, academic misconduct, inconsistent enforcement of drug policies and some of the school’s recruiting hostesses having sex with prospects from 2001-10.
“We must review these accusations expeditiously, but thoroughly, determine the truth and take whatever measures are appropriate,” Hargis said.
He said the school is “engaging an independent expert in NCAA matters” to assist the review and welcomes the NCAA’s involvement.
“Whether the reporting here was fair and credible is not the issue,” Hargis said. “The issue is the substance of the accusations. It’s my responsibility as the OSU president to assure that the review is fair, comprehensive and complete.”
Heisman winner Crow’s jersey retired: In College Station, Texas, Texas A&M retired the No. 44 jersey worn by 1957 Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow.
Crow played for coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, and the coach famously said before the vote that: “If John David Crow doesn’t win the Heisman Trophy, they ought to stop giving it.”
Crow, who graduated from Springhill (La.) High, ran for 562 yards, had five interceptions as a safety and returned kicks for the Aggies.