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Hospitalized NIU Coach in High Spirits
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Northern Illinois football coach Jerry Kill's status for Saturday's game at Illinois remains uncertain after a third straight day in the hospital.

Athletic director Jeff Compher said Tuesday that Kill was "up and moving around" and is in "pretty high" spirits.

Kill, who had surgery for an unspecified condition on Sept. 3, was admitted to the hospital Sunday suffering from what was described as dehydration.

Compher said Kill's current condition was not related to a 2005 battle with kidney cancer while coaching at Southern Illinois. If Kill can't attend Saturday's game, defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will serve as head coach.

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