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FORT COLLINS, CO - SEPTEMBER 12:  Head coach Jerry Kill of the Minnesota Golden Gophers leads his team against the Colorado State Rams at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Golden Gophers defeated the Rams 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Jerry Kill joining K-State in non-coaching role

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Seven months after health issues forced him to step away from the game, Jerry Kill has stepped back in.  Sort of.

In a release Tuesday morning, Kansas State athletic director John Currie announced that Kill has been named as the associate athletic director for administration at the university.  The school writes that Kill’s role will consist of being “a member of Currie’s senior departmental staff and serve as chief administrator for the K-State football program.”

In October of last season, Kill was forced to step down as Minnesota’s head football coach because of health issues related to ongoing epileptic seizures.  It was thought that Kill would remain at Minnesota in some type of role, but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement and they parted ways in February.

In four-plus seasons with the Gophers, Kill went 29-29.  However, that record was 20-13 over the past two-plus years.  For his entire 22-year coaching career that included stops at Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Emporia State and Saginaw Valley State, Kill sports a lifetime record of 152-99.

While some could view this as a potential move ahead of replacing the 76-year-old Bill Snyder as the Wildcats head coach, Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com writes that “Kill’s position at K-State is not a coach in waiting.”

Kill is a Kansas native who graduated from Southwestern (Kan.) College in 1983.  Below are quotes distributed by the school regarding Kill’s new position.

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR JOHN CURRIE
“We are thrilled that Jerry and Rebecca are coming home to join the K-State family. He is ready to move into a new chapter of his life and professional career, and his experience as a former head coach will be a terrific addition to our staff. We look forward to the perspective and mentoring he will provide our coaches and student-athletes as we continue toward our vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program.”

HEAD COACH BILL SNYDER
“[Son and K-State assistant coach] Sean [Snyder] and I have spent a great deal of time with Jerry and Rebecca and feel as though they will be a solid addition to our Kansas State and community family. Both are down to earth, caring people who fit well in this culture. Jerry’s health issues have precluded him from coaching again, but his passion for athletics and young people make this a positive step for his future career.”

JERRY KILL
“Rebecca and I couldn’t be happier to return home to the state of Kansas and join the K-State Athletics family and Manhattan community. I want to make it known that my coaching days are over, and I am excited to start this next phase as an administrator for one of the finest athletics departments in the country. Mentoring has always been very important to me, and I am thrilled to work in support of Hall of Fame Coach Bill Snyder and the football program and learn more about the administrative side of college athletics under John and the rest of the first-class staff at K-State.”

After a year on the job, Syracuse AD Mark Coyle out the door for Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 28: The Minnesota Golden Gophers run onto the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 28, 2015 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Mark Coyle left the top job at Boise State for the athletics director’s chair at Syracuse in June of 2015.

By May of 2016, he’s already gone.

Coyle informed the Orange on Wednesday he is leaving the school, and at the same time Minnesota named him its lone finalist for the Gophers’ vacant AD job.

“University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has announced Mark Coyle as the finalist for the university’s director of Gopher Athletics position,” Minnesota said in a statement.”… Coyle is visiting campus Wednesday to interview with the search committee, and meet with coaches and other leaders in Gopher Athletics, faculty, and senior university leaders as part of the final steps of a comprehensive national search.”

Though Coyle hasn’t officially been hired yet, Minnesota wouldn’t announce his candidacy unless he was going to be the guy.

Syracuse announced Coyle’s departure with a statement that says more in what it doesn’t say than what it actually says: “Mark Coyle has informed the University that, for family reasons, he is leaving the University for a position at Minnesota. We wish him well.”

The Minnesota AD job became open when Norwood Teague resigned in August among claims of sexual impropriety.

In his short time at Syracuse, Coyle fired the Orange’s head football coach Scott Shafer and replaced him with Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers and his Baylor-style offense. At Minnesota, he’ll inherit a situation where Tracy Claeys stepped in as interim head coach when Jerry Kill resigned in late October due to health concerns, then was handed a three-year contract after two weeks as the head man.

Big Ten Network announces 10 primetime kickoffs

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A week after ESPN announced its Big Ten primetime slate, the Big Ten Network rolled out 10 games slated for evening kickoffs this upcoming season (which is less than four months away now!).

The BTN games are below, all of which are played on Saturdays. Kickoffs are in Eastern Time.

Sept. 3: Fresno State at Nebraska (8 p.m.)

Sept. 10: Iowa State at Iowa (7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 10: North Carolina at Illinois (7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 17: Duke at Northwestern (8 p.m.)

Sept. 24: Nebraska at Northwestern (7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 1: Michigan State at Indiana (8 p.m.)

Oct. 22: Michigan State at Maryland (7:30 p.m.)

Nov. 5: Iowa at Penn State (7:30 p.m.)

Nov. 12: Minnesota at Nebraska (7:30 p.m.)

Nov. 19: Penn State at Rutgers (8 p.m.)

BTN will also televise games Thursday, Sept. 1 (Oregon State at Minnesota) and Friday, Sept. 2 (Furman at Michigan State).

 

Minnesota losing DL Mose Hall to transfer

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 15: The jersey and helmet of Jon Christenson #63 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers are seen during the third quarter of the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 15, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Buckeyes defeated the Golden Gophers 31-24. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The transfer train continues its run down the tracks, with Minnesota the latest to see its roster hit with attrition.

As all the cool kids are doing these days, Mose Hall took to social media confirm a change in his current situation, announcing on Twitter that he has decided to transfer out of the Gophers football program. No reason was given for the defensive lineman’s departure.

Should Hall move on to another FBS program, he’d have to sit out the 2016 season. He’d then have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.

Hall was a three-star 2015 recruit rated as the No. 98 strongside defensive end by 247Sports.com.  He was also the No. 61 player at any position in the state of Alabama.

Last season as a true freshman, Hall took a redshirt.

Ohio State draftees to sign contracts worth in excess of $110 million

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Forget about going shirtless at a satellite camp or a sleepover or climbing up a tree or any of the like; this is what you call a recruiting pitch.

During the course of the three-day NFL draft, a dozen former Ohio State Buckeyes were drafted.  While OSU failed to break its own record for most picks in a single draft, the 12 selections in the first four rounds were the most ever.

And, not surprisingly, those players are going to get paid.

According to PennLive.com‘s David Jones, those players will sign contracts that could be worth a total of $120 million.  Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch has the number pegged slightly lower at $111,462,707.  Either way, that’s a lot of cash — and a lot dollar signs for Urban Meyer to flout in front of potential recruits.

Of course, not all of that money is guaranteed, although the guaranteed dollars involved aren’t too shabby either.  From the Dispatch:

Just the signing bonuses alone, which range from Bosa’s projected $17,017,226 to Jones’ $383,393, have an expected total of $60,526,660. Unless a player does something to cause his contract to be voided, signing bonuses are theirs to keep.

Regardless of how you spin it, former Buckeyes did quite well financially the last couple of days.  And, as Jones alludes to when it comes to James Franklin and Penn State specifically and the Big Ten in general, Meyer and the Buckeyes are in an entirely different zip code than the rest of the conference — a fact that will no doubt come up on the vast expanses of the recruiting trail.

The good news for Franklin and Penn State: They had three of those 11. The bad news for them and everyone else in the league: Urban Meyer is probably preparing a recruiting flyer right now with a 9-figure dollar amount printed in big bold numbers.