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Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill retiring due to health reasons

Sep 3, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Jerry Kill looks on during the second half against the TCU Horned Frogs at TCF Bank Stadium. The TCU Horned Frogs won 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 3, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Jerry Kill looks on during the second half against the TCU Horned Frogs at TCF Bank Stadium. The TCU Horned Frogs won 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Kill has battled health problems throughout his four-plus-year career at Minnesota.

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University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill, who has battled a seizure disorder for years, announced Wednesday morning that he is retiring immediately due to health reasons.

Kill, 54, will be replaced on an interim basis by defensive coordinator and associate head coach Tracy Claeys, who has filled in for Kill when the coach has battled health problems in the past.

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Kill's condition came to public light in his first season with the Gophers, when he suffered a seizure on the sideline during a 2011 home game against New Mexico State. In 2006, a seizure forced him to miss a game while he was coaching at Eastern Illinois.

In 2013, Claeys led the team for seven games when Kill took time off to focus on his health.

The Gophers are 4-3 this year after back-to-back 8-5 seasons under Kill. He was 29-29 in four-plus years with Minnesota and had a 52-45 FBS career record at Minnesota and Northern Illinois.

He will address reporters later Wednesday morning.