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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.

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Dennis Brackin of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that Minnesota is still paying $5.2M in buyout costs associated with the firings of former basketball coach Dan Monson and football coach Glen Mason.

The article also notes the buyouts for some oft-mentioned coaches:

• Brady Hoke (San Diego State): $1.5 million until Dec. 15, when it drops to $1 million.

• Al Golden (Temple): at least $2 million, according to published reports.

• Randy Edsall (Connecticut): $500,000 buyout.

• Dan Mullen (Mississippi State): believed to have a buyout similar to Edsall; Mississippi State officials have not complied with a request for Mullen’s contract.

• Kevin Sumlin (Houston): $600,000

• Troy Calhoun (Air Force): $565,000

• Larry Fedora (Southern Mississippi) $400,000 to $500,000

Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes that Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi is sitting on an offer for a two-year contract extension by outgoing university president Bob Bruininks, but will wait until a new president has been named to decide whether to stay in Minneapolis. Maturi is also heading up the search to replace football coach Tim Brewster.

Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes that a group of former Golden Gopher football players took out a full-page ad in the Minnesota Daily student newspaper blasting Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi. The group, which runs the website www.savegopherfootball.com wants a voice in the coaching search.

Minnesota grad Tony Dungy has endorsed Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman for the position recently vacated by Tim Brewster, writes Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette. Trestman played quarterback for the Gophers and graduated high school in the Minneapolis area.

Alouettes president Larry Smith expected Trestman to fulfill his contract, which is in place for the next two seasons.

“He’s going to be here until the end of 2012. Period,” Alouettes president Larry Smith said last Monday — one day after Trestman’s name surfaced around an opening at the University of Minnesota. “When Marc came here, he was in a state of flux and wanted security. We gave him that security.

“He has got a contract and we expect him to honour it.”

Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes that Joel Maturi, Minnesota athletic director, was an assistant athletic director at Wisconsin when the Badgers turned around their football program in the early 1990s, and Maturi says he “has a clue” as to how it can be done again.

Miller also writes that “few things are more enjoyable for university boosters, TV viewers, radio callers and ticket buyers than a coaching search.” And presumably newspaper subscribers. And presumably bloggers.

The Associated Press reports that Tony Dungy, who played quarterback collegiately at Minnesota, is not interested in becoming the coach at his alma mater.

Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi says he contacted Dungy after firing coach Tim Brewster on Sunday. Maturi says Dungy told him he doesn’t want to get back into coaching, but added that Dungy offered to help the school find a suitable replacement for Brewster.