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-- The University of Minnesota football team is hosting North Dakota State on Saturday night at TCF Bank Stadium. This will mark the season's first night game for Minnesota and head coach Jerry Kill admits that it will change the gameday routine for his players.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota football team is hosting unbeaten North Dakota State on Saturday night at TCF Bank Stadium. This will mark the season's first night game for Minnesota and head coach Jerry Kill admits that it will change the gameday routine for his players.
The team stays in a hotel the night before every game and when the Saturday game is in the evening, it means they have to make sure guys are staying focused all day long in a hotel on Saturday. Kill says when the game is during the day, the team goes to the stadium earlier with less time to worry about. Saturday's game against the Bison kicks off at 6 p.m.
The game is sold out and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
Kill purchased an advertisement in the sports section of yesterday's Minneapolis Star Tribune to thank fans, the student body, and everyone across the state for their support during the coach's struggle with seizures. The ad says "Thank You, Minnesota" and is signed by both Kill and his wife Rebecca. Kill suffered a seizure during the September 10th game against New Mexico State and has had subsequent seizures since. His doctors are monitoring his medication in hopes they can find a dosage that helps manage his condition.
Minnesotans are urged to wear U-of-M colors today as the governor has proclaimed this "Maroon and Gold Day" across the state. The U's new president Eric Kaler was inaugurated yesterday. Turns out, it was also Kaler's birthday.