Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill furious with the Gophers following Claeys' firing

The latest person to express anger at Minnesota and athletic director Mark Coyle's decision to fire coach Tracy Claeys is the man Claeys replaced.

Jerry Kill, who coached at Minnesota from 2011 into the 2015 season, went on 1500-AM radio in Minneapolis on Wednesday and said he was done supporting the university.

"I won't be stepping foot back in the stadium," Kill said. "And I won't be stepping back into the university.

"We gave our best to the state of Minnesota. We'll always come to Minnesota. My daughter is there. We love Minnesota. I'll go to every baseball game, (Vikings) football game, anything else. But I will not ever be in that stadium or that complex. And they're building a new complex. We had a lot to do with that. I won't ever see it. But I wish them all the luck in the world. I hope the decision that Mark made was right. I do hope the program continues to do well. I just wish people would be straightforward."

While Kill isn't pleased with Claeys being fired, his strongest contention seems to be with Mark Coyle, and what he said in his press conference to announce the move. Particularly the part where Coyle said he wanted the Minnesota program to operate "with integrity and class academically, athletically and socially."

On Tuesday current Minnesota players also shared their feelings about the firing, and they were not positive.

The majority of those players were brought to Minnesota by Jerry Kill. He took over the program in 2011 and coached into the 2015 season before stepping down because of health reasons. He spent the 2016 season as an associate athletic director at Kansas State, but will serve as the offensive coordinator at Rutgers in 2017.

As of now, Rutgers isn't scheduled to make the trip to Minneapolis to play the Gophers any time before the 2021 season.

CBS Sports Writer

Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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