Minnesota Gophers football took an abrupt upturn when it hired Jerry Kill. It also took a chance on a head coach with some health problems.
After leading this team since 2011, those health issues have caught up to Kill and on Wednesday he has stepped aside as the head coach to focus on his health.
Stunning news: #Gophers coach Jerry Kill retiring for health reasons. Tracy Claeys named interim coach.
— JoeChristensen (@JoeCStrib) October 28, 2015
He finishes his career at Minnesota with a 29-29 overall record, while going 14-21 in Big Ten play. After back-to-back 8-5 seasons, the Gophers stand just 4-3 and 1-2 in Big Ten play.
Claeys taking over is nothing new though, as he took the reigns for weeks at a time on two previous occasions. Both happened after Kills suffered seizures due to his epilepsy.
We will have more on this story as information is released by the school.