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Minnesota coach Jerry Kill plans to coach from sideline next season

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill Minnesota's Jerry Kill has a 40-37 record in seven seasons as major college head coach. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill says he plans to work from the sideline this season after spending a portion of the 2013 campaign from the press box.

Kill missed the Michigan game Oct. 5 because of a seizure, and then took two weeks off for treatment. He was in the press box for the final seven games of the regular season, but then came down to the sidelines for the second half of the Minnesota's 21-17 loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl.

“I’ll be on the sideline [this fall],” Kill said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “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.”

Minnesota finished 8-5 in Kill's third season with the program. The 52-year-old coach, who was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2005, says he continues to drive to work every day.

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