On Sunday, it might’ve been perceived as an “I’ll believe it when I see it” story.
If that was the approach to reports that former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill was expected to become the next Rutgers offensive coordinator, it’s time to believe it.
Rutgers made Kill’s hire official on Monday afternoon.
“I am excited to welcome Jerry and his family to Rutgers,” Chris Ash said in a release. “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.”
Kill was an associate athletics director role at Kansas State after his sudden departure from Minnesota in the middle of the 2015 season. The former B1G Coach of the Year stepped down after continued struggles with his battle with epilepsy.
He said that he thought his coaching career was over after he couldn’t work out a lesser coaching role at Minnesota.
But now, the 55-year-old will try his hand at fixing Rutgers’ woeful offense. Kill will take over for Drew Mehringer, who left Rutgers after one year to join Tom Herman’s staff at Texas.
Under his new contract, Kill will reportedly make $1.75 million over three years:
Jerry Kill contract at #Rutgers is 3-year deal. $600K in Year 1. $625K in Year 2. $650K in Year 3. Per Sources.
— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) December 19, 2016
That annual salary would rank 12th among B1G assistants based on what they made in 2016, according to USA Today.
He’ll look to revamp an offense that used three different quarterbacks and ranked dead-last in FBS in total offense. The Knights also had three quarterbacks transfer this offseason.
Kill will stay with Kansas State through the Texas Bowl and will join the team after the Dec. 28 bowl.