Minnesota football coach to step away after seizures

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Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has taken an open-ended leave of absence from the team to focus on treatment and management of his epilepsy, the university announced on Thursday.

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, who has had five seizures on game days, is stepping away from the program for the time being.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, who has had five seizures on game days, is stepping away from the program for the time being.

Kill had to miss the last game at Michigan when he suffered a seizure at home that morning and was unable to travel with the team. The Gophers don’t play this week, but his availability for the Oct. 19 game at Northwestern is now in doubt. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys is the acting head coach.

Kill said in a statement distributed by the university that “this was a difficult decision but the right decision.” He has had five seizures on game days.

GEORGIA: With a long list of wide receivers inactive for Saturday’s game against Missouri, Chris Conley appears to be the most likely backup to step forward.

The junior made a few big plays in recent games, including a one-handed touchdown catch against Tennessee.

“We’ve had quite a few guys go down, but I don’t think it’s going to change anything or change the way we do things,” Conley said. “I think another young guy is going to have an opportunity to step up and you’re going to be hearing some new names.”

Georgia coach Mark Richt said Conley “is the poster child for dependability. He’s maximizing, in my opinion, every gift that God gave him.”

OREGON: Running back De’Anthony Thomas is out of his walking boot, but the No. 2 Ducks are still unsure if he’ll be able to play against No. 16 Washington on Saturday.

Thomas suffered a sprained ankle on the opening kickoff against California on Sept. 28 and hasn’t played since. However, despite not practicing, he is participated in some drills and has jogged.

“I’m not really sure,” Thomas told reporters about his status for Saturday. “It’s still early in the week, and I’m just trying to work hard and get back to normal.

CINCINNATI: Coach Tommy Tuberville has settled a lawsuit filed by investors seeking to recover money lost in business deals.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson approved the settlement, according to online court filings. Details weren’t released.

The lawsuit alleged that a hedge fund Tuberville helped manage defrauded clients of more than $1.7 million. Devin Dolive, an attorney representing Tuberville, declined to comment.

DATE CHANGE: Virginia Tech and Ohio State have agreed to move the return game of their home-and-home series in 2015 to Labor Day night on Sept. 7. The game had been set for Sept. 26, 2015. Virginia Tech and Tennessee are expected to announce on Monday that they will play a game in 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway, where a record crowd of 160,000 could be in attendance.


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