Urban Meyer’s Emotional Reaction To Jerry Kill’s Retirement

    Urban Meyer was emotionally affected by Jerry Kill's decision to step down as head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Here's Meyer's reaction to his friend's retirement.

    October 28, 2015

    Jerry Kill’s emotional press conference shocked the college football world on Wednesday. Kill, who was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2005, has battled his seziures on and off the field.

    And it finally came to a point where Kill decided to walk away to benefit the program, himself and his family.

    Kill spent three years as the head coach of Northern Illinois before taking the job with the Minnesota Golden Gophers in 2011.

    He inherited a 3-9 team and returned the Gophers to a respectable status as a program with a winning record — competing for bowl games and recruits. He went 29-29 as the head coach of Minnesota.

    But, as he said in his press conference, there’s more to life than just football. And while Minnesota might not be competing for a Big Ten title, one head coach of a team that is competing spoke up about Kill’s retirement.

    Here’s what Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer had to say about Kill stepping down.

    Obviously, all of college football took an emotional hit with Kill’s announcement. He’s earned the respect of many coaches and players around the game.

    MORE: Tracy Claeys Takes Over In Jerry Kill’s Absence


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