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Minnesota moving forward while coach Jerry Kill is on leave of absence for seizures

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    Minnesota defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys attends a news conference Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Minneapolis. Claeys is taking over as acting coach as coach Jerry Kill has taken an open-ended leave of absence from the team to focus on treatment and management of his epilepsy. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Carlos Gonzalez) ST. PAUL OUT MINNEAPOLIS-AREA TV OUT MAGS OUTThe Associated Press

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    Tracy Claeys, acting head football coach at Minnesota, speaks during a news conference Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Minneapolis. Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has taken an open-ended leave of absence from the team to focus on treatment and management of his epilepsy. The university announced the decision Thursday, before a news conference with athletic director Norwood Teague and Claeys, who is defensive coordinator. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Carlos Gonzalez) ST. PAUL OUT MINNEAPOLIS-AREA TV OUT MAGS OUTThe Associated Press

Minnesota acting head coach Tracy Claeys says he doesn't expect coach Jerry Kill to return from his leave of absence in time to be with the team on Saturday at Northwestern.

Kill announced last week that he was leaving the team to try to get a better handle on the epileptic seizures that have become more frequent for him this season. He missed the second half of one game and the entire game against Michigan on Oct. 5 because of seizures.

There is no timetable for his return. But Claeys says Kill is still out of town consulting with doctors to try to better manage his epilepsy.

Claeys says he doesn't feel like a head coach. He says the Gophers will "always be coach Kill's program."