The University of Minnesota Gophers’ head coach Jerry Kill continues to improve from the seizure he suffered on Saturday at his team’s season home opener against New Mexico State University.
Kill is “resting comfortably” at a local hospital, stated the University of Minnesota. All tests performed on him have come back “absolutely normal,” according to team physician Dr. Pat Smith.
At this point, however, it’s too early to discuss his expected return and further tests are needed.
Kill had the seizure with 20 seconds left in the game as his team drove down the field for a tying touchdown, reported the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
When he collapsed and started seizing in the stadium, many were stunned to silence.
“I've never heard the stadium so quiet with almost 50,000 people in it,” a marching band member told the Pioneer Press.
After he was carried off the field, his team threw an incomplete pass and lost the game 21-28.
Online, the Gopher community has poured out their support for Coach Kill.
“Glad to hear he is doing well. Will be keeping him and his family and the team in my prayers. Hope to see Coach Kill back on the sideline real soon,” wrote on supporter on the Gophers’ Facebook page.
“May he have a speedy recovery and be on the sidelines again,” wrote another.
“Hands down the most frightening moment of football I've ever seen. Sending positive healing energy to ya, Coach,” wrote a third.