Reports: Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill expected to become Rutgers OC
While the college football world was debated the future of the current Minnesota coach, a former one started on a new path of his own.
According to NJ.com, former Gophers coach Jerry Kill is expected to become the new offensive coordinator at Rutgers. Kill had been serving as the associate athletics director at Kansas State since leaving the Twin Cities. He would take over for Drew Mehringer, who left Piscataway to reunite with Tom Herman at Texas.
If a deal is finalized, Kill would be Rutgers’ eighth offensive coordinator in eight years.
Kill, 55, stepped down from coaching in the middle of the 2015 season as a result of his ongoing battle with epilepsy. Though he maintained a desire to stay at Minnesota, Kill wanted to have an everyday role with the football program. He said a few months ago that he thought his coaching career was over.
At Minnesota, Kill missed several games because of his condition. He spent part of his tenure in the press box instead of on the sidelines to reduce his stress. It remains to be seen what kind of in-game presence Kill would have.
At Rutgers, the former B1G Coach of the Year will have a chance for a fresh start in a new area of the country. Most of Kill’s ties are to the Midwest, though he was able to build a solid foundation at Minnesota. Kill was 152-99 as a head coach.
It remains to be seen if Kill would join Rutgers immediately with Kansas State slated to play in the Texas Bowl.