Former Gophers coach Jerry Kill is headed to Rutgers

Jerry Kill is back on the sidelines once again.
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Former Minnesota Gophers head football coach Jerry Kill will be coaching football in the Big Ten once again.

Rutgers announced that they have hired Kill to serve as their offensive coordinator.

It was just over a year ago that he resigned from his job as the Gophers head coach to deal with health complications from his battle with epilepsy.

After a short time away from coaching, Kill went to work as the Associate Athletics Director for Administration at Kansas State.

Kill told reporters, including the Star Tribune, in a teleconference Monday that he's been feeling a lot better – adding that he needed time to see the right people and get his diet right.

"I know how to take care of myself better," Kill said. "I've been seizure free for a long time and this is the best I've felt over a long time."

Kill reportedly agreed to a three-year deal that will pay him $625,000 per year.

"I am excited to welcome Jerry and his family to Rutgers," said Rutgers football coach Chris Ash in a press release Monday. "Jerry brings years of experience and tremendous leadership to our offense. He is a veteran Big Ten coach and a proven winner. Our players and coaches will benefit from his wealth of knowledge."

He will have a tough task ahead of him – turning around an offense that finished last among the 128 Football Bowl Subdivision members and was last in nearly every offensive category in the Big Ten this year.

But turning programs around is nothing new for Kill, he took over a Gophers program that was in shambles and led Minnesota to three bowl appearances in his four-and-a-half seasons.

His tenure in Minnesota was highlighted by winning Big Ten Coach of the Year honors in 2014 after leading the Gophers to the Citrus Bowl – Minnesota's first New Year's Day Bowl Game since 1962.Former Minnesota Gophers football coach Jerry Kill will be coaching football in the Big Ten once again.

Rutgers announced that they have hired Kill to serve as their offensive coordinator.

It was just over a year ago that he resigned from his job as the Gophers head coach to deal with health complications from his battle with epilepsy.

After a short time away from coaching, Kill went to work as the Associate Athletics Director for Administration at Kansas State.

Kill told reporters, including the Star Tribune, in a teleconference Monday that he's been feeling a lot better – adding that he needed time to see the right people and get his diet right.

"I know how to take care of myself better," Kill said. "I've been seizure free for a long time and this is the best I've felt over a long time."

Kill agreed to a three-year deal that will pay him $625,000 per year.

"I am excited to welcome Jerry and his family to Rutgers," said Rutgers football coach Chris Ash in a press release Monday. "Jerry brings years of experience and tremendous leadership to our offense. He is a veteran Big Ten coach and a proven winner. Our players and coaches will benefit from his wealth of knowledge."

He will have a tough task ahead of him – turning around an offense that finished last among the 128 Football Bowl Subdivision members and was last in nearly every offensive category in the Big Ten this year.

But turning around struggling programs is nothing new for Kill.

He coached at Minnesota for four and a half seasons (2011-2015), helping turn the Gophers program around. He was named the Big Ten coach of the year in 2014 and led the Gophers to three bowl games including the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl in 2014 – Minnesota's first Jan. 1 bowl game since 1962.

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