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Report: Turner Gill one of the finalists for UAB job

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Less than a week after getting canned by Kansas, Turner Gill is reportedly in the running to get right back on that head-coaching horse.

According to the Birmingham News, Gill is one of a group of finalists for the UAB head-coaching job that also includes Auburn running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Curtis Luper, Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee, former Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino and Houston offensive coordinator Jason Phillips.  A total of eight coaches interviewed for the position at various points this week in Atlanta, the News reported.

The job could be offered to one of the gaggle of candidates as soon as this weekend or, possibly, early next week.

Gill is certainly the most experienced, at least as far as head coaching experience goes, of those under consideration.  After two seasons and a 5-19 record at Kansas, which was preceded by four years at Buffalo as the MAC school’s head coach, Gill was fired Sunday.  He certainly wouldn’t need the money that would come with the Blazers job — which, to be blunt, wouldn’t be much, relatively speaking; Neil Callaway, who “resigned” the day after Gill was fired, made “just” 446,800 in 2011 — as he was owed some $6 million for the remaining three years on his KU contract and the school said it will fulfill the terms of that contract.

Of the other finalists, only McGee has been mentioned in connection to other vacancies.  The Razorbacks coordinator interviewed for the FAU opening last week, although that job may be filled by another candidate in short order; it was reported Thursday night that Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini has been offered the position and is expected to accept the offer.

Interestingly, McGee replaced Paul Petrino, another UAB candidate, as UA’s coordinator after head coach Bobby Petrino’s brother left for the Illini.

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9 Responses to “Report: Turner Gill one of the finalists for UAB job”
  1. v2the4 says: Dec 2, 2011 11:12 AM

    a good spot for Turner Gill to re-establish himself and get some more OJT before he coaches at another BCS school again, but UAB has some good canidates to choose from, so we will see what happens.

  2. cubano76 says: Dec 2, 2011 11:54 AM

    Wish he would have stayed at Buffalo a little while longer. He was building a nice program there. (Not to mention they were better than the Bills! That’s for my pain in the butt friends in Buffalo) Hopefully he’ll get back to the big time again in the future. But it’s going to be tougher now.

  3. chmba says: Dec 2, 2011 12:32 PM

    He would probably do a great job but he needs to tone down some of the player restrictions although Kansas had all sorts of problems to deal with when he went there. Certainly did a great job a Buffalo with support from school, fans, and players unlike dysfunctional mess he inherited at Kansas with athletic department embezzlement/ticket fraud, behavior problems with football and basketball players, goofy chancellor and fact that only 2 coaches since 1950 have had a record above .500 and those only minimal.

  4. Chloe deGravelle says: Dec 2, 2011 1:42 PM

    You know a little but not enough. Gill needs to go back to being an assistant coach. The ticket issues were that of basketball, across campus and the behavior problems were ancient history, it was a scuffle between a bball player and a football player over a girl. What he did inherit was a decent team, one year off of winning the Rose Bowl and a brand new 20 million dollar facility which he parlayed into the record setting losses and 1-16 record in the Big 12. Nice guy but as a Head Coach, he’s lost.

  5. zonedogz says: Dec 2, 2011 2:13 PM

    Gill is a nice guy who should’ve stayed in Buffalo. The Peter Principle personified.

  6. jodave5 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:29 PM

    Chloe deGravelle says:
    Dec 2, 2011 1:42 PM
    You know a little but not enough. Gill needs to go back to being an assistant coach. The ticket issues were that of basketball, across campus and the behavior problems were ancient history, it was a scuffle between a bball player and a football player over a girl. What he did inherit was a decent team, one year off of winning the Rose Bowl

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    If you’re going to critique someone else, go ahead and get your facts straight first. The Chickenhawks won the Orange Bowl not the Rose Bowl in that 100% fluke of a season 2007 was for them.

  7. cosanostra71 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:40 PM

    Chloe deGravelle says:
    Dec 2, 2011 1:42 PM
    You know a little but not enough.
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    a bit ironic coming from someone who claims that Kansas won the Rose Bowl

  8. fatfreddystubbs says: Dec 2, 2011 7:41 PM

    I always liked Gill, even though some of my first memories of him were as the starting QB laying a 44-6 whipping on Penn State in the ’83 Kickoff classic.

    Has Charles Barkley weighed in on Gill possibly going to UAB? He’ll be head coach at a college in Alabama, just not the one Charles wanted.

  9. Chloe deGravelle says: Dec 2, 2011 10:26 PM

    Very obviously a typo on my part, thanks for pointing that out, but I stand by my post. I saw it all first hand, as a head coach, Gill was in way over his head.

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