One of the most publicized and arduous coaching searches (at least reported on here, anyway) in college football has come to an end.
Well, so it would appear.
Minnesota hasn’t made it official yet, but sources close to Gophers Insider.com have reported that Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill will be named the team’s next head coach as of tomorrow. Not to be outdone in the fast-paced world of breaking news, ESPN’s Joe Schad has also chimed in that his own sources had confirmed the change.
According to the report from GI.com, Kill will fly to Minneapolis tonight and officially be introduced by UM athletic director Joel Maturi.
Since firing Tim Brewster in October, Minnesota has seemingly spanned the entire U.S. searching for their next coach, leaving no stone unturned. Everyone from San Diego State’s Brady Hoke, to Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo has, at least briefly, been linked to being a finalist for the position. There were also rumors/pipe dreams that either Chris Petersen, Mike Leach, Phillip Fulmer or Randy Shannon could potentially find their way to the Twin Cities, although we’re not sure why anyone exactly wanted Shannon to begin with.
Kill led Northern Illinois to a 10-3 regular season record (with one of those wins coming over Minnesota), before falling to Miami University in Friday night’s MAC Championship.
UPDATED 12:30 a.m ET: Confirmed Kill (see what we did there?): Minnesota AD confirms Jerry Kill as new head coach.