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Kansas fires Turner Gill

Posted on: November 27, 2011 5:31 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2011 5:31 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Yet another coach has been relieved of his duties as Black Sunday continues in the college world. This time it's Kansas head coach Turner Gill, as the school announced on Sunday evening that Gill had been fired after two seasons with the Jayhawks.

“After a thorough evaluation of our football program,” said Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger in a release, “I have concluded that new leadership is necessary to place us on the path toward competing for championships in the Big 12 Conference.  I come to this conclusion reluctantly, because I have the utmost respect for Turner Gill as a quality individual who wants only the best for the young men he coaches.” 

Recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell has been named interim head coach.

Zenger also said that the school will begin its search immediately. Kansas also intends to pay the $6 million it owes Gill for the final three years of the five-year $10 million contract he signed before the 2010 season.

In his two seasons at Kansas, the Jayhawks went 5-19 including a 1-16 record in the Big 12 and lost 10 games by 30 or more points.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 10:29 am

Kansas fires Turner Gill

Remember, Mangino was not fired for one 5-7 season (your comparison to Mack Brown).  He was increasingly controversial and the heat was piling on.


...and he was interested in trying out for The Biggest Loser.   

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 10:23 am

Kansas fires Turner Gill

Rebuild?!  In 2007, they were 11-0 before losing to MO.  7-5 in 2008; 5-7 in 2009 - Mangino's last year.  Gill has only won 5 in two years.  FIVE TOTAL.  That's a program going backwards.  They are not even competing in most games.  He's the guy that the program needs rebuilding from.

Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 10:06 am

Kansas fires Turner Gill

Kansas, Kansas...

They wonder why they're a bad program now? I don't think for starters that they gave Gill enough time to re-build the program. Sure he's more than likely going to be 2-10 this year, but something like this takes time.
But KU probably rasied expectations after their run in 2007 to the Orange Bowl. They gave up that possibility when they decided to side with a disgruntled player and manage to squeeze Mark Mangino out. True, he went 5-7 his final year, but did Texas give Mack Brown the ax for going 5-7 in the 2010 season? Not to mention the fact they were in the BCS championship the previous year? No. What exactly did Kansas think was going to happen when they did that? It's football, do you think coaches get results by being nice?
I suppose Turner Gill seemed like a great up and coming coach out of Buffalo, but hiring an up-and-commer is a risk--especially when going from MAC to Big XII.

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 10:05 am

Kansas fires Turner Gill

Congrats Kansas (the Administration)! You got what you deserved. You fired the fat guy because he was outspoken, but he moved KU in the right direction. Then you hired an outclassed Turner Gill who was marginal in the MAC and completely outclassed at the big boy level. You owe your fans better than what you have given them. Some coaches to think about aside from the obvious.

- Marty Schottenhemie-r a defense and power running game guy. 
- Mike Leach- I would not want to be Texas Tech playing KU anymore. Talk about revenge.
- June Jones- another school, another rebuilding project.

You owe your fans better. 

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 9:49 am

Kansas fires Turner Gill

So basically, Turner Gill got $10 million to SUCK for two years at Kansas. Nice gig if you can get it.

Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 9:13 am

Kansas fires Turner Gill

Doesn't seem like a fair amount of time for a proper evaluation of Gill. A coach should be able to bring in his own players

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 7:26 am

Kansas fires Turner Gill

I think I have addressed exactly what I admired about Coach Willingham, and why he was fired by ND.  It is not my problem that you are upset by his performance at Udub.  Granted, his win-loss record is a factor, but not the only factor in his evaluation as a coach.  Based on the way you insult and disrespect Coach Willingham, I wonder little what your priorities are in terms of a coach and a program.  Maybe you should look at the bright side... at least Udub won't be vacating any bowl victories or losing any scholarships.  Further, in my opinion, the young men will be positively impacted by their association with Coach Willingham.  Just because you have no respect doesn't change the fact that he is indeed a class act.

Yes, Losingham's priorities in terms of being a 'class act' while at UDub were fairly clearly apparent... hey, he doesn't have that reputation for being one who seemed to be able to find time to work on his GOLF game instead of getting his lazy self out there on the road and recruiting for nothin', right?  And, that way he'd shrug-off voicing any personal responsibility for the team's losses, always pointing fingers at the players instead of himself, was such a classy act, hmmmmm?
Despite your incorrect interpretations, I am one who wants a coach for a team who'll instill within his players both good character AND a winning attitude.  Tom Osborne is a prime example of such a coach; Losingham isn't.  If he's such a great coach, as you imply, I wonder why it is that ol' Ty isn't coaching anywhere at present?  Hmmmmm... perhaps it has something to do with his reputation for finding time for that aforementioned golf habit, or finger-pointing instead of accepting / admitting personal failures.  Maybe it's because of his 0-12 record as coach in his final year with the Huskies, or his 11–37 (6–29 PAC-10) record while there.

I will agree with you that UDub "won't be vacating any bowl victories or losing any scholarships", though... thank goodness Coach Sark is BOTH an excellent role model, and a coach who knows how to win games and inspires his team to want the same (you listenin', Ty?).

So yeah, call me upset that the administration of UW held on to the worst coach in the program's history for a few years too long... I guess I do have an agenda for not wishing that upon the team.  What's YOUR agenda in coming into a thread about Gill's being fired at Kansas, and instead talking about this great love you have for Willingham?  What's the connec...  Oh.  THAT's it, isn't it.  I see your angle, now.

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 2:22 am

Kansas administrators are morons

Wow, only 2 seasons at the helm before KU decides to get rid of the legendary Turner Gill.  Screw the Jayhawks.  Turner - please come back to Nebraska and be our QB coach - please please!

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:27 am

Kansas railroads another coach

Kansas got too big for their own britches.  When Mark Mangino made them relevant but then had one bad year, they made the mistake of thinking they were really "that good," and that they deserved to be a BCS bowl program every year.  So, they trumped up charges against Mangino as an excuse to fire him.  How did that turn out?

Funny: USF did the same thing to Jim Leavitt and TTU did the same thing to Mike Leach.  Including Kansas, all three schools ended up worse than they were with the coaches they no longer respected.  I wonder how they all feel about their hatchet jobs now?  Kansas is a great basketball school, but their football team was, is, and always will be second-tier.  The most they can ever expect is an occasional flash of competence.   Any other expectation is like a mouse floating on his back asking for the drawbridge to be raised.  

Since: Dec 9, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:03 am

Kansas fires Turner Gill

"Its one thing to say you want to have a great football program, but what has the University of Kansas done to move in that direction?  New facilities?  New stadium???  Anything????

You have track around your football field for crap sakes!  So does my high school and the NAIA team in my town.  

You need facilites.  You cant just say you want a willing program and do nothing to improve it."

This clown is obvious hitting the good stuff, if he knew half as much as he thought he did, he could be dangerous.

Yes KU has spent millions on improving the facilities.  New practice fields, new football building.....DUH!  He must have just crawled out from under a rock.....

KU won't get rid of Memorial Stadium, but again there have been milliions spent on upgrading it and improving it, with several more millions being planned on additional upgrades.

Next this troll decideds to come here spitting out quasi-facts, he'd better at least check to make sure that he's right!

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