Fifteen months ago, it looked like Jerry Kill wanted nothing more than to coach Minnesota and lead the program that he helped build back up.
But time has changed his tune on the Gophers since he resigned in the middle of the 2015 season because of his battle with epilepsy.
Kill wanted to stay involved at the football program in some capacity, but he and the university couldn’t agree on a fit. That led to him taking an associate athletic director job at Kansas State for the 2016 season. Two weeks ago, he signed a contract to come back to the B1G as Rutgers’ offensive coordinator.
The guy Kill advocated to take his place permanently, Tracy Claeys, was fired on Tuesday following his public support of Minnesota players’ boycott.
Apparently Kill has completely soured on Minnesota and vowed never to return:
Jerry Kill on @1500ESPN said he, "will not ever" step foot back on the University of Minnesota campus.
— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) January 4, 2017
The intentions of Kill’s comments resemble what many disgruntled former players, who feel that Claeys was wronged. As someone who spent two decades working alongside Claeys, Kill obviously didn’t support the move.
Many people are probably wondering, ‘Wait, doesn’t Rutgers play at Minnesota?’ The Scarlet Knights did this past year, but they won’t even PLAY Minnesota until 2019, and that game is in Piscataway. As it stands, there are no future matchups for Rutgers at Minnesota scheduled.
So yeah, it looks like Kill did a little research of his own before making that comment.