Rutgers offensive coordinator Jerry Kill has been released from the hospital after suffering a seizure after being knocked over on the sideline during Saturday's 16-13 loss against Eastern Michigan.
Scarlet Knights coach Chris Ash said Monday that Kill could rejoin the team later Monday or Tuesday, depending on how he is feeling. Kill has epilepsy and had several seizures during or after games while working as Minnesota's head coach, eventually resigning from his job because of health reasons in October 2015.
"Early in the game, after the first drive, he got tumbled up," Ash said Monday. "He was really discombobulated in the first half from it and had some headaches Saturday night. It hasn't been confirmed or identified as the reason yet, but he had a minor seizure [Sunday] morning. But he is fine."
Ash said Kill fell after a play that ended on the Rutgers sideline, which resulted in Eastern Michigan being penalized for a late hit on Scarlet Knights quarterback Kyle Bolin. Ash said Kill can coach this weekend against Morgan State as long as his doctors allow it. Kill has coached Rutgers' first two games from the sideline. Ash said he and Kill may discuss the option of having Kill call plays from the coaches' booth going forward.
"Obviously because of the medical history of Jerry, we've had contingency plans in place if something like this were to happen and there was a long-term situation that would cause him to miss work," Ash said. "Right now, we're pretty confident that's not going to be the case."
Kill, 56, spent last season as an associate athletic director at Kansas State, working with the football team but not in a coaching capacity. Ash hired Kill as Rutgers' offensive coordinator in December.
Kill has been seizure-free for almost a year and a half. He lost 25 pounds in the past year by cutting down on carbohydrates and taking long walks. He takes medication to treat his epilepsy and control the seizures that forced him to leave coaching during the 2015 season.
"It's a minor setback, and we fully anticipate he'll be back with us here shortly after he recovers from it,'' Ash said. "But no concerns about him not being able to do that, just so we're all clear. He feels great. It's one of those things where life situations or medical situations come up with a lot of people, and this happened yesterday.''
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that can lead to loss of consciousness and convulsions.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.