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Former NIU, SIU head coach Jerry Kill retires due to health issues

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Former NIU, SIU head coach Jerry Kill retires due to health issues

University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill announced on Wednesday morning that he is returning from his position due to medical concerns, effective immediately.

"First of all, want to thank the state of Minnesota, the people here are tremendous and have been very good to my wife, my family," Kill said in a press conference.

"You all know about my struggles. I did my best to change, but some of those struggles have returned.

"Last night when I walked off the practice field, I feel like a part of me died."

Kill, 54, was diagnosed with epilepsy and overcame kidney cancer in 2005 when he was the head coach of Southern Illinois.

Kill missed parts of four games in his five seasons as head coach of the Golden Gophers due to seizures. In 2013, Kill took an extended leave of absence to treat his epilepsy. This past summer, Kill revealed that he has been seizure-free for over a year and a half.

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In May 2015, the Kill family started a Chasing Dreams fund through the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota, to support seizure-free initiatives in schools.

Before joining Minnesota in 2010, Kill served as head coach of Northern Illinois (2008-10), Southern Illinois (2001-07), Emporia State (1999-2000) and Saginaw Valley State (1994-1998).

Kill took over a Northern Illinois team that had a 2-10 record in 2007 and led them to the three straight Bowl appearances during his tenure in DeKalb.

In his seven seasons as head coach of the Salukis, Kill compiled a 55-32 record, including three MVFC titles and five playoff appearances. He was later named to the SIU Hall of Fame.

Kill compiled a career college coaching record of 156-102.

Dave Leitao suspended 3 games, DePaul put on 3-year probation

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Dave Leitao suspended 3 games, DePaul put on 3-year probation

The DePaul men's basketball team has been placed on three-year probation and head coach Dave Leitao has been suspended three games for the 2019-20 season, the NCAA announced on Tuesday.

The program was found guilty of "failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance while Leitao did not "prevent violations from occurring in his program."

A Division I Committee on Infractions panel concluded that a "former DePaul associate head coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he knowingly directed the former assistant director of basketball operations to provide impermissible recruiting benefits to a recruit."

The NCAA found that three coaches knew about the situation but failed to report the infractions. DePaul will vacate all wins earned while the ineligible player competed and suffer recruiting restrictions. They were also fined $5,000 plus 1% of the men's basketball program budget.

In 2019, DePaul had their first winning season since 2007 by going 19-17. 

Jalen Rose: Fab Five beef squashed with Michigan hiring Juwan Howard

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Jalen Rose: Fab Five beef squashed with Michigan hiring Juwan Howard

The Michigan Wolverines are hiring former Fab Five star Juwan Howard as the head coach of their basketball team. Aside from being a part of that prolific college basketball team, Howard is a two-time NBA champion with the LeBron James-led Miami Heat.

And he is a former local basketball hoops star at Chicago Vocational Career Academy, where we was named an All-American in 1991.

But the Fab Five have not been on the best of terms over the years, particularly current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose and Chris Webber. With Howard back in Ann Arbor, all beefs are officially over.

“It squashes any drama or any beef because we’re not going to bring that to Ann Arbor’s campus with Juwan Howard as our head coach," Rose told Mike Greenberg when asked about the beef Thursday morning on ESPN's Get Up. "The one thing that we both know is his success turning around the University of Michigan is first and foremost about him and about the players that he’s going to influence. Then it’s about us being there to support him, not being drama, not being splintered, not giving any indication of dysfunction.

"We’re going to move as a family and we’re going to do what we can to build on what John Beilein has established in Ann Arbor.”

Rose reiterated this point later in the day during a segment with fellow Michigan alum Adam Schefter.

Let's wait and see if Howard brings winning ways to Michigan to make this honeymoon period last, otherwise it could be back to business as usual.

Also, does Chris Webber feel the same way? Has Rose already talked to Webber to clear the air? Or is Rose just saying it's over on his side in the hopes Webber follows suit?

Both Webber and Rose made it clear that Howard was their preferred candidate, so they seem to be on the same page.

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