Former SVSU football coach retires from Minnesota before Michigan game

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota coach Jerry Kill says he is retiring because of health reasons.  The news comes days before the Golden Gophers host Michigan on Saturday night.

   Kill made the surprise announcement on Wednesday morning, one day after missing a scheduled meeting with the media. Kill has epilepsy, and had to take a leave of absence from the team in 2013 while dealing with seizures.

   Kill was 156-102 in coaching career and 29-29 at Minnesota.

   His first head coaching job was at Saginaw Valley State University where he led the Cardinals to 38 wins and 14 losses in his five seasons as the Head Coach (1994-1998).

   Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys, who has worked with Kill for the last 21 years, has been named interim head coach.