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Gophers' Kill retires due to health reasons, Claeys named interim head coach

<p>Nov 29, 2014; Madison, WI, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Jerry Kill during the second quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports</p>

Nov 29, 2014; Madison, WI, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Jerry Kill during the second quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Kill finishes with a 29-29 record at Minnesota.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota coach Jerry Kill says he is retiring because of health reasons.

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.

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

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

The Golden Gophers host Michigan on Saturday night.

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