Skip to main content

Gopher football coach Jerry Kill gets a big raise, contract extension

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Jerry Kill is getting a nearly $1 million raise. The University of Minnesota announced Saturday that it has restructured Kill's contract as head football coach, increasing his salary to $2.1 million next year, up from $1.2 million, the Star Tribune reports.

He has been the lowest paid football coach in the Big Ten conference. Even with the raise, Kill's annual pay remains in the lower tier among his conference colleagues.

The revised deal also extends Kill's contract with the Gophers by one year through the 2018-19 season, according to KSTP.

“I appreciate the support President Eric Kaler and Athletic Director Norwood Teague have shown to me, the program and our student-athletes,” said Kill in a release issued by the university. “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.”

The reward comes after Kill guided the Gophers to a second-straight bowl appearance. The Gophers have gone 3-9, 6-7 and 8-5 in Kill's first three seasons.

Kill's team also won four consecutive Big Ten conference games last fall - the first such run for a Gopher football team in 40 years.

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

“Jerry Kill is the right coach for the University of Minnesota,” said University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler in the same statement. “He has clearly moved our program forward and I am pleased we have come to this agreement to secure his long-term leadership of Gopher football.”

Kaler and Teague have supported Kill the past three years as he has struggled with epilepsy. Kill missed several games this past season when he had difficulty controlling his seizures. His top assistants took over sideline duties while Kill spent those games in the press box.

Next Up

Jason DeRusha

Jason DeRusha stepping down as morning news anchor at WCCO

His last day anchoring WCCO This Morning will be June 23.

Screen Shot 2022-05-23 at 9.58.36 PM

Eric Perkins, Miss Minnesota, Paul Fletcher create new podcast

The podcast is released Tuesdays at 8 a.m. and is available wherever you find podcasts.

Mock aircraft cabin.

MSP Airport debuts mock aircraft to help ease flying anxiety

The pre-flight experiences cover the TSA screening procedure, exploring a terminal, boarding a plane and meeting a pilot, and preparing for takeoff.

Scripps National Spelling Bee

These Minnesota kids will be competing at National Spelling Bee

The upcoming event in Maryland will be the first fully in-person Scripps National Spelling Bee since 2019.

covid, kids

New data shows how omicron has impacted kids in Minnesota

The new data shows breakthrough data during the omicron period, which began Dec. 19, 2021.

Javen Juan Moreno

Albert Lea shooting suspect arrested after 3 weeks on the run

He is accused of shooting a man in the upper thigh on May 1.

motorcycle

Motorcyclist, 59, killed after losing control on right curve

The Harley Davidson rider was thrown from his bike.

state capitol Minnesota

Minnesota's 2022 legislative session: What's happening?

A list of items agreed upon and yet to reach any bipartisan agreement in the latest legislative session.

water drain

Water main break floods 40-45 homes in St. Louis Park

The city says the rupture happened on Minnetonka Boulevard.

Eli Hart

Charges: 6-year-old Eli Hart shot up to 9 times by his mother

The 28-year-old is facing 2nd-degree murder charges.

dave lee wcco radio

Former WCCO Radio host Dave Lee moves into podcasts

His new podcast, called 'My First Concert,' launched last week.

Tow Boat

Tow boat collides with Mississippi River lock and dam in Alma, WI

The crash remains under investigation by the United States Coast Guard.

Related