Jerry Kill talks about the Minnesota job

Northern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill has agreed to become the next head coach at the University of Minnesota.

Kill has received a 5-year deal that will compensate him $1 million in the first year, about the same Tim Brewster received. 

Kill said, "I am so excited to have the opportunity to be the head coach at the University of Minnesota. It is a tremendous opportunity and -- I think -- great timing. I can promise all the people at the University of Minnesota and throughout the entire state that I am going to give them every single ounce that I can give them. I have done that on every job that I have taken. I was raised the old-school way by my father and mother to do my job to the very best of my ability. You go full speed at it and you don't let anyone out-work you. I have lived by that motto my entire life and that is what I intend to do at the University of Minnesota."

Minnesota President Bob Bruininks said, "We'll get some positives (on the hire); we'll get some negatives. But it doesn't really matter in the end; what matters is that we get better results."

Bruininks also made a point to praise Jeff Horton.  He said, "I think the world of Jeff Horton. I think Jeff did a masterful job, and that was a very difficult thing to do. I'll be honest — I watched that very, very carefully, and I must say I deeply admire Jeff Horton. I admire his character, his strength as a leader, and I certainly admire what he and his fellow coaches did in this stretch run to really salvage our season.”

"I think he can be proud of what he accomplished, and if anybody calls me and asks me for a reference, he'll get a very high reference on Jeff Horton."

AD Joel Maturi was set to spent multiple hours last night figuring out how he’ll make the Gophers’ fans believe that Kill was higher than his 7th choice. After his third cocktail, Maturi just called it up instead. 

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