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Gophers head coach Jerry Kill announces abrupt retirement

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.

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.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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