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Southern Illinois coach still hospitalized after seizure



Published: Wed, October 25, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



The 45-year-old suffered the seizure after taping a weekly TV show.

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Southern Illinois football coach Jerry Kill was transferred to St. Louis for treatment Tuesday and remained hospitalized two days after suffering a seizure shortly after taping a weekly television show.

SIU sports information director Tom Weber said the 45-year-old coach's transfer from a Carbondale hospital to one in St. Louis did not reflect a change in Kill's medical status -- only that St. Louis has a seizure specialist Kill has seen before.

Kill was expected to remain hospitalized at least until today.

"He's frustrated and eager to get out" of the hospital, Weber said. But doctors "want to observe him and do more tests, and the best place to do that is St. Louis."

Latest seizure

Sunday's seizure at the taping at WSIL-TV near Carbondale was the latest for Kill, who also sustained one on the sidelines of a game last year and another one in November of 2001.

In both cases, Kill returned to the sidelines in time for the next game.

Tests Sunday at the hospital came back normal, according to his wife, Rebecca, who said her husband was given a positive prognosis by his doctor. She said the coach, in his sixth season at SIU, was resting comfortably and hoped to return to work soon.

In Kill's absence, SIU's coaching staff will continue preparing for Saturday's game against Missouri State.

While hospitalized briefly after last year's seizure, Kill was diagnosed with kidney cancer. He continued coaching without telling the team, and had a tumor removed from one of his kidneys after the season.

The Salukis (5-2, 2-2 Gateway) lost Saturday at home to Western Kentucky, while Missouri State (1-7, 0-4) lost to Indiana State, snapping the nation's longest Division I losing streak at 24 games.

Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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