With Kill still seeking treatment, Gophers focus



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s assistants and players are trying to keep practice as normal as possible while coach Jerry Kill seeks further treatment for his recurring seizures.

The Gophers play at 19th-ranked Michigan on Saturday, and Kill’s status is unclear. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys is the acting head coach in Kill’s absence.

Claeys said Tuesday he would be surprised if Kill doesn’t return for the game but the team must prepare as if he’s unavailable.

Kill went Sunday to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after another episode of the seizures he’s had for years. Claeys said he’s concerned about Kill’s health as a close friend, not because he fears the condition will keep him from coaching.