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Minnesota has to shuffle coaching staff

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Minnesota has named Keith Jordan as its acting linebackers coach while linebackers coach Mike Sherels recovers from recent surgeries. No timetable has been set for his return.

Sherels underwent a medical procedure about two weeks ago and then was admitted to a local hospital for an unexpected surgery.

“We want to thank everyone for respecting Mike’s privacy and that of his family,” Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys said in a statement issued by the school. “We ask that you continue to do so as he recovers. Mike is a resilient man who represents the best of college football. He will be in our daily thoughts as we continue to prepare for the season, and we look forward to Mike’s return to the staff when he is ready.”

Jordan has previously been in charge of the Gophers’ quality control for special teams and is a 35-year coaching veteran. Sherels is in his third year as an assistant coach at his alma mater Minnesota. He played for the Gophers from 2003-07 and served as a captain during his junior and senior year. He is the only Minnesota walk-on ever to be named a two-time captain.

Medical issues for the Minnesota coaching staff is a familiar story. Former coach Jerry Kill had to retire in the middle of last season because of epileptic seizures. Claeys took over as the interim coach and was eventually named head coach.

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