Oct. 25, 2011
University of Minnesota director of athletics Joel Maturi announced today that head football coach Jerry Kill has signed a seven-year contract with the Golden Gophers. The contract is effective as of December 2010 and runs through February 2018.
"Rebecca and I, along with our family and staff, are very thankful to the university and certainly to our administration, including director of athletics Joel Maturi and president Eric Kaler," Kill said. "I'm glad it's now settled and we can move on from here. We are excited about the future of our program."
Kill was introduced as the Gophers' 27th head football coach on Dec. 6, 2010, and had been working under the terms of a Memorandum of Agreement he signed with the University.
Maturi said he was pleased to have his head football coach secured to a long-term deal.
"This contract represents a significant commitment to Coach Kill and our belief in his vision for Gopher football," Maturi said. "He has proved over the past 10 months what a great fit he is at the University of Minnesota and I have been very impressed with him as both a coach and a person. We are lucky to have him and I am thrilled that we now have an agreement in place that has secured Coach Kill as our head football coach well into the future."
Coach Kill and the Gophers host Iowa in the annual battle for Floyd of Rosedale on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium at 2:30 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.