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NIU Has Replacement If Needed for Ailing Coach
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Northern Illinois Athletic Director Jeff Compher says defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will fill in for head coach Jerry Kill against Illinois if doctors say Kill isn't able.

Compher said Tuesday he isn't sure yet whether Kill will be able to make the trip with NIU (1-1) for Saturday's game against the Illini (1-1).

Kill has been hospitalized since the weekend after he became dehydrated during Saturday's win over North Dakota. Compher says Kill's illness isn't related to a past bout with kidney cancer.

In Champaign on Tuesday Illinois coach Ron Zook said his thoughts and prayers are with Kill. Zook says he doesn't know him well but admires him as a coach.

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