Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill announced his retirement Wednesday morning, effective immediately, citing longstanding health concerns. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys was named interim head coach and will coach the Golden Gophers when they host Michigan on Saturday.

Kill has coached Minnesota since the 2011 season but has been limited by his health for much of his tenure. He suffered seizures in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons. He missed 2013’s Michigan-Minnesota game, and took a leave of absence for much of the remainder of that season as a result. Claeys also served as interim head coach during that time.

After having two more seizures on Tuesday, Kill made the decision to retire from coaching.

Kill won the Big Ten’s Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year award, as voted on by the coaches, as well as the Dave McClain Coach of the Year award, as voted on by the Big Ten media.

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