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Editorial: Gophers’ Kill is on a good roll now

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<p>Minnesota Gopher coach Jerry Kill is on a winning streak &mdash; stepping back as head coach to deal with his epilepsy after missing the Michigan game and then watching his football team score wins over Northwestern and then Nebraska.</p>

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<p> Minnesota is fortunate, as Kill&rsquo;s coaching staff has stepped up in his absence.</p>

<p> Acting head coach Tracy Claeys has been steady as the Gophers scored their last two wins. His calm demeanor and decisionmaking on the sideline have helped the team win.</p>

<p> Head coach Kill is working to relearn the good health habits he preaches to his players &mdash;&ldquo;Get your sleep, make sure you eat at the right times&rdquo; and take your medications properly.</p>

<p> Kill, 52, will remain in the coaching booth today for the third straight week as the Gophers take on Indiana.</p>

<p> The Gopher football program is not is disarray because of the strong coaching staff and program that Kill has installed. The players have bought into Kill&rsquo;s program and have developed confidence in themselves.</p>

<p> Kill has slowly been working his way back into the program. He has spent time in recent weeks talking with recruits and being straight on his tenure - he plans to coach for a long time.</p>

<p> This Kill story has become inspiring for Gopher football this year. And winning makes it even better.</p>

<p> Let&rsquo;s hope the Gophers keep rolling today against Indiana.</p>

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