Minnesota gives Jerry Kill a one-year extension

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Jerry Kill's Minnesota teams have improved in each of his three seasons
Jerry Kill's Minnesota teams have improved in each of his three seasons. (USATSI)

Minnesota announced Saturday that it had restructured coach Jerry Kill's contract and extended the length of the deal for another year, lasting through the 2018 season. As a result Kill will make $2.1 million for the 2014 season.

“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 release. "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.”

In his three seasons at Minnesota Kill's Gophers teams have gone 17-21, though the team's record has improved each season. Minnesota went 8-5 in 2013 and played in the Texas Bowl for the second straight season.

Kill has had to miss a number of games since taking over the Minnesota program however, as his epilepsy has led to seizures during games. After suffering a seizure in October Kill took a medical leave from the team and was replaced by defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys.

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