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Minnesota extends Jerry Kill’s contract through 2018

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Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill has done good work with the football program, and the university is taking notice. Multiple reports say Minnesota is extending Kill’s contract by one year, which would keep him in charge of the program through the end of the 2018 season. Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com was first to report the contract extension via Twitter.

In addition to an extra year on the contract’s length, Kill will also receive a pay raise. Kill will be paid $2.1 million by Minnesota. According to USA Today’s 2013 coaching salary database, Kill was paid $1.2 million in 2013 before bonuses. He was the lowest paid coach in the Big Ten in 2013. The new salary will make Kill the ninth highest paid coach in the 14-team Big Ten in 2014 based off of the 2013 contract numbers and any previously reported pay raises, such as Michigan State’s new contract with Mark Dantonio.

Minnesota has increased their win total each year under Kill. In his third year as the head coach of the Gophers, Minnesota went from winning three games the year before his arrival to an eight-win team in 2013 to earn a bow trip. Last season marked the second straight bowl trip under Kill and hopes are high to make a third straight postseason game.

Kill has battled seizures while coaching but as scary as they have been there has never been a serious threat to his health and ability to lead the program. Last season he did step back in his role as head coach to take things a little easier and observe the program from the press box, but Kill has stood firm in saying he is capable of staying in charge of the program. By extending a contract by a year it appears the school’s leadership agrees.

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10 Responses to “Minnesota extends Jerry Kill’s contract through 2018”
  1. timmons94 says: Feb 22, 2014 6:49 PM

    Kill is a good man and heck of a football coach. Good luck to him

  2. onbucky96 says: Feb 22, 2014 7:14 PM

    Why? Is he giving money back when his seizures return? Dumb move extending him, move on to someone who won’t have potential life threaten seizures in front if his players.

  3. 10kmp says: Feb 22, 2014 7:41 PM

    First, epileptic seizures are extremely treatable. It’s simply a matter of hitting the sweat spot with medication. It’s a trial and error process.

    Second, it’s far from a “dumb” move extending Kill’s contract. It’s Minnesota football. You do understand that, right? Eight win seasons and bowl games are considered a huge success. Kill, like Glen Mason before him, knows what the score is, so to speak, as head coach at a program like Minnesota. He isn’t going to compete with Ohio State for recruits. He isn’t even going to compete with MSU or Wisconsin, generally speaking, for recruits… but Kill has the ability to take the ‘leftover kids’ and lead them to respectability. When you look at the big picture at Minnesota, Kill, combined with a great new stadium and a few bowl seasons, is taking the program about as high as it can go right now. Jerry Kill is such a huge improvement over that clown Tim Brewster it isn’t even funny. If I were a Minnesota fan I’d want Kill to stay. Chastising the university for extending his contract is what’s “dumb”.

  4. jsally430 says: Feb 22, 2014 7:51 PM

    Honestly. Wisconsin was in the gophers situation in the 90s the gophers have a lot of things going for them besides the high ranking recruits

  5. dmvtransplant says: Feb 22, 2014 7:56 PM

    The majority of the success the team had is when he wasn’t coaching on the sidelines. And of course there is the bowl record the TX Tech game was completely winnable and he blew it, then there is losing to Syracuse despite beating Penn State when they beat Syracuse earlier in the year. Going 0-2 in those bowls is a complete joke.

  6. garypagetwo says: Feb 22, 2014 8:51 PM

    Wisconsin owns you

  7. mrmcl says: Feb 22, 2014 9:56 PM

    Everyone from Kill himself, to the players, the coaches, and the A.D. have commented that his seizures are no problem. When he goes down at halftime they just go on as usual without him. According to everybody in the program Jerry’s entirely superfluous on game day!

  8. onbucky96 says: Feb 22, 2014 11:20 PM

    He has seizures that render him unable to fulfill his contractual obligations. So unless you’re going to start whinning about A.D.A. laws, Minnesota should not have extended Kill.

  9. fmlizard says: Feb 23, 2014 9:20 AM

    Rolling 4 year contracts (what the extra year did) are standard practice almost everywhere in major college football. The coach should at least in theory be there as long as the recruits. The year was procedure.

    The raise makes sense. Kill is the most experienced B1G coach, his team is at least middle of the pack after starting with very little. That deserves more than the dead last salary among peers.

  10. bballnut50 says: Feb 23, 2014 8:23 PM

    onbucky96- You are a complete dink and a classic “toothless wonder” and for the guy who says “this is Minnesota Football” watch big mouth, in three years we will be in the Rose Bowl AND WATCH us own Wisconsin, talk about the ankle biters coming out of the woodwork, must see a raising power…#SKIUMAH

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