Jerry Kill has bounced around quite a bit since he decided to step down as the Minnesota head coach midway through the 2015 season. After making the choice, which was in the best interest of his health, there were some questions whether or not Kill would ever be able to return to football.
Since his retirement at Minnesota, Kill has landed administrative rolls at Southern Illinois and Kansas State, and had football-related jobs at Rutgers, Virginia Tech and now TCU.
Kill was offered to be the assistant to the head coach at TCU, joining longtime friend Gary Patterson in Fort Worth. At this point in his career, Kill says it was an opportunity that he just couldn’t pass up.
“It’s a unique situation,” Kill told SB Nation’s Frogs O’ War. “Coach Patterson called me and said, ‘hey, we need you.’ I hadn’t been [at Virginia Tech] very long, an I’m not used to [jumping around]. But we’ve known each other a long time, and Fort Worth is a place I would like to live. This is a great opportunity to work with somebody that you’ve been with, that you know inside out. I felt like I could bring some help.”
Kill was at Virginia Tech for less than a season as the assistant to the head coach before receiving the option to join Patterson at TCU. His other coaching opportunity was at Rutgers in 2017, when he served as the program’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for one year.
“[Patterson] had a big reason for me to come, because it gives me the chance to finish out my career with my best friend. I know him better than anybody does — he knows my positives and negatives and I know his. I think that it’s a good fit. We will find out — you’ve got to prove it. But I think the big thing is that we can help each other out.”
Last season, TCU finished with a 5-7 record, missing a bowl game for just the third time in Patterson’s 19 seasons with the Horned Frogs.