Sources have told NCAA Rumor Mill that Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi will hold a 2pm CT press conference on Monday to introduce Jerry Kill as the Golden Gophers’ new head football coach.
The 49-year old Kill has served as the head coach at Northern Illinois since 2008. He led the Huskies to the MAC Championship Game this season and a top-25 ranking. Kill has gone 23-16 in his three years in DeKalb, including an 18-6 mark in the MAC.
Prior his tenure at NIU, Kill spent seven years at Southern Illinois, where he turned the Salukis into an NCAA FCS power. After going 1-10 in his first year in Carbondale in 2001, the Salukis made the NCAA FCS playoffs five times and made it to the semifinals in 2007. Kill was named the I-AA Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2007.
Kill will replace Tim Brewster at Minnesota. Other candidates rumored to be connected to the Minnesota job were Al Golden, Randy Edsall, Marc Trestman and many others.
Kill has battled kidney cancer since 2005, and has created the Coach Kill Cancer Fund to assist low-income families who are dealing with cancer.