Feb. 22, 2014
University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Norwood Teague announced today that the university restructured Head Football Coach Jerry Kill’s contract. The contract, which adds one year, runs through the 2018-19 season and will pay Kill $2.1 million for the 2014-15 season.
“Coach Kill is proving his model works here at the University of Minnesota,” said Teague. “It is right to support him as he builds a program that will make the state of Minnesota proud.”
The Gophers finished 8-5 in Kill’s third season at Minnesota and played in their second straight bowl game. The team also won four straight Big Ten games for the first time since 1973 and beat Nebraska for the first time since 1960.
Kill's rebuilding of the Minnesota program is also taking place in the classroom. The Gophers recorded a 994 Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the 2011-12 season, the first under Kill's leadership. The 994 score is the highest single-season score that the Minnesota football team has ever recorded and only 10 teams have tied or beaten a score of 994 since the NCAA has made single-season scores available.
“Jerry Kill is the right coach for the University of Minnesota,” said University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler. He has clearly moved our program forward and I am pleased we have come to this agreement to secure his long-term leadership of Gopher football.”
At the University of Minnesota, coaches’ salaries are paid with ticket and other athletics department revenues. No tuition money is used.
“I appreciate the support President Eric Kaler and Athletic Director Norwood Teague have shown to me, the program and our student-athletes,” said Kill. “I am extremely proud of what our players and coaches accomplished on and off the field last season. We still have a lot of work to do, but are moving the program in the right direction. I look forward to continuing to build a program that positively represents the great people of Minnesota and am excited to work with our players again when we start spring practice in early March.”
Kill will address the media about his restructured contract and to preview spring practice at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 24 in the football team meeting room. Teague will be available immediately following.
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