Kill on his health and his week

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CHAMPAIGN – Here is Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill's statement on his health situation following today's 28-22 loss to Illinois.

"I will answer all of those questions. I don't want to make that more then what the game is. The game is about the kids. There wasn't any decision to be made (on coaching today). I ain't going to miss [any] ballgame. I've been coaching ball for 27, 28 years. I've got a great wife, she understands me. I appreciate everything that Kishwaukee Hospital did for me. I appreciate everything from the ambulance people coming to my house. The people at Northwestern treated me first class and everybody gave me the opportunity to get out on Thursday night and coach the great game which I love.

"If something's going to happen, I want it on the field. I love this game. So there wasn't any question about that, or worried about things. Our preparation, our kids know what to do. Our coaches know. We've been together a long time, so I've answered that question."

Question: How are you feeling?

Kill: "I'm doing fantastic. A little warm out there today. I got loose out there and felt pretty good."

Kill was admitted to Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb on Sunday morning after suffering from dehydration before electing to transfer to Northwestern Memorial on Monday to confer with his personal physician and undergo further evaluation. He was released from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago late Thursday evening and returned to his DeKalb home.

After the news conference, Kill was asked about the details as to why he was hospitalized and if he considered coaching from the press box.

"I didn't want to go up in the press box, that's not me," Kill said. "The only thing I can say is I've been through some things over the past five years. I know what my body can and can't do.

"My daughter was on the sidelines and believe me with my wife and my daughter on the sidelines I was well taken care of. My daughter was making sure I was getting water and all those kinds of things."

Later, Kill told the Daily Chronicle how appreciative he was of his assistant coaches and described a little bit what the week was like for him.

"I went over the gameplan last night with (offensive coordinator) Matt (Limegrover) and we talked about the kicking game and defense and all that and there's nothing I wouldn't have done," Kill said. "Hopefully I've done a good enough job through all the years we've been together. They did an outstanding job. They deserve all the credit in the world, God bless them.

"And the players, they just locked into what they're doing. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, I really wasn't coherent as to do anything or even talk to them. I talked to Matt on Wednesday. Then I certainly tried to find out what we needed to do.

"We call it adversity. If a player goes down, the next player has to step up. In our case, the coach goes down, next guy steps up. We've had some guys that have to deal with deaths in the family, and it just seems like we've always been able to have somebody step up. Our coaches stepped up today. Our football team stepped up."

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Will the NIU football team play for the MAC title this year?
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