Gophers give Kill raise and extra year on contract

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 22, 2014 at 6:48 pm •  Published: February 22, 2014
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Minnesota has given football coach Jerry Kill a raise and another year on his contract.

The university announced Saturday that Kill's deal was extended through the 2018 season and that he'll make $2.1 million in 2014, a big spike from the previous figure of $1.2 million that was put his salary last among Big Ten coaches. This will push him closer to the middle of the conference in terms of overall compensation.

Athletic director Norwood Teague had promised for months the contract would be restructured.

"Coach Kill is proving his model works here at the University of Minnesota," Teague said in a statement from the school. "It is right to support him as he builds a program that will make the state of Minnesota proud."

The Gophers went 8-5 last year, including a four-game winning streak in conference play for the first time since 1973. They're 17-21 under Kill, who took over in 2011.

"I appreciate the support President Eric Kaler and Athletic Director Norwood Teague have shown to me, the program and our student-athletes," Kill said in a statement from the school. "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."

The university said Kill and Teague would hold a news conference Monday on campus. They weren't available for further comment.



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