This Wednesday the University of Minnesota announced that Head Football Coach Jerry Kill is retiring due to medical concerns. Kill was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2005 and has battled through seizures on the sidelines since then. Through his health implications, Coach Kill managed to make the Gophers a relevant football program by taking them to three consecutive bowl games while also winning the Big Ten Coach of The Year in 2014.
Coach Kill has brought success in every program that he has touched. He turned Saginaw Valley (D2) into a winning program, took Southern Illinois into the playoff which was the first time in nearly a decade, and put Northern Illinois back on the map taking them to the MAC championship.
Looking past the win and loss column, Coach Kill had tremendous influence on all of his players on the field and off. During his time at Minnesota the gophers recorded 994 Academic Progress Rate which would be high single season score the Golden Gophers have had. In the years of corrupt college football with illegal recruitment, numerous NCAA violations, and coaches who have forgot their responsibility of influence, Coach Kill was known for his integrity and respect for the game.
Take a look at Coach Kill's emotional press conference below.