Report: Jerry Kill, Minnesota officially cut ties
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jerry Kill will not take another position at Minnesota.
The former Gophers coach reportedly could not agree to a new job after resigning in the middle of the season because of his battle with epilepsy. The Star Tribune reported that despite meetings with interim athletic direction Beth Goetz, the two parties couldn’t settle on an agreement to keep him at the university.
Kill told the Star Tribune that the university had a different vision for his role than he did.
“I visited with the president, and it was very professional in manner,” Kill said. “He would like me to speak on behalf of the university, raise money and teach a class or two. I really appreciate that offer, but I want to be involved with athletics. I’ve been involved with athletics my whole life, and I want to be around the kids more than anything.
“That wasn’t part of the offer. I understand that, but that was a deal-breaker for me.”
Kill’s seizures led to his sudden departure in October after 32 years of coaching. He reportedly received a settlement of $600,000 after his retirement.
Tracy Claeys took over and eventually shed the interim tag. Without Kill, the Gophers earned a trip to the Quick Lane Bowl and earned the program’s first bowl victory in 11 years.
Kill and his wife, Rebecca, moved to their southern Illinois home in January. It remains to be seen if Kill will try and get back into football in some capacity.