By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - With the Golden Gophers football team poised to make their first appearance in a post season bowl game since losing the 2009 Insight Bowl to Iowa State. With that good news directly ahead of him, University of Minnesota Athletics Director Norwood Teague joined Dan Barreiro and the Bumper to Bumper program on KFAN to clear the air surrounding some of the recent negative attention that the Gopher football team has drawn.
Below is a brief synopsis of the conversation...click here to listen to the interview in its entirety...
Dan Barreiro: What's the deal with Jerry Kill and his seizures?
Norwood Teague: There's only so much that I can say…It's something of concern, it's something that we want to look at...His vital signs are perfect. He's healthy but he has a seizure disorder.
DB: What can be done to change his environment and improve his health, short of relieving him?
NT: There's a lot of little things that I think we can do without doing any big things to dial it back for [Coach Kill]…I've got to monitor that very closely. Jerry is such a type A and such a guy that will work so hard at what he does, I've got monitor that anyway to give support around him rather than under him.
DB: Do you think that other coaches will use Kill's health as a negative recruiting tactic against Minnesota?
NT: No. When other schools go hard on someone negatively like this, they end up losing in the end. They look bad doing it. In the end recruiting will probably not be hurt anything like people think wit will be. My gut just tells me that in the end…it's not going to be destructive as maybe we all worry it is. Let me put it this way, I'm not up at night worrying about it. You've got to be careful when you do stuff like that because it could backfire on you.
DB: We haven't talked in a while, what's the latest on the A.J. Barker situation?
NT: We granted him his release...It was a complex situation. I met with Aj And his parents and we had a very good discussion. I felt bad that the whole situation had gotten to where it was. I think that Aj and Coach kill are just different people than each other. It was a pretty peaceful conversation to be white honest with you…Aj just decided to take a different path.
DB: What was Jerry's reaction to the whole thing?
NT: I think it really bothered Jerry to his core that it happened. He cares about kids…it was really tough on him. I'm surprised that this doesn't happen more often around the country. Kids are wired differently and sometimes it just doesn't take.
DB: Any words for the fans regarding that situation?
NT: I would ask that they just let that one ride. It was just kind of an awkward situation.