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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Turner Gill tapped to lead KU football

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Kansas Head Football Coach Turner Gill

Turner Gill was named the head coach of the Kansas football team Sunday, December 15, 2009.

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Turner Gill - Speechless after MAC Championship 2008

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Turner Gill's 40-yard run vs. Oklahoma in 1983

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Turner Gill stays in Buffalo

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KU has offered Turner Gill the head football coaching job. Would this be a good hire for the Jayhawks?

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Buffalo’s Turner Gill will be named head coach of the Kansas University football team, the Journal-World learned Saturday.

Gill, who is largely credited with reviving a Buffalo program considered to be one of the nation’s worst before his arrival, replaces Mark Mangino, who left the program under pressure following an investigation into his treatment of players.

In Gill’s four seasons at Buffalo, the Bulls compiled a 20-30 record and advanced to their first bowl game in 50 years during a 2008 season in which the team finished 8-6 and won the Mid-American Conference championship.

Following that season, Gill was named the MAC coach of the year by The Sporting News and was a finalist for the Bear Bryant College Football Coach of the Year Award — the same award Mangino won during the Jayhawks’ 12-1 2007 season.

Gill’s ties to KU and the Big 12, meanwhile, are numerous.

In addition to playing quarterback for Nebraska in the early 80s — going 28-2 as a starter and being named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy — Gill served as an assistant coach for the Huskers from 1992 to 2004, and his daughter, Jordan, is a sophomore at KU who recently began working in the school’s athletic department.

Spokesmen from both schools declined to comment on Gill’s status on Saturday.

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SaltyJayhawk 4 years, 8 months ago

I'm getting really tired of everybody complaining about this hire. First off he turned around a Buffalo program that, when he inherited it, it was absolutely horrible and he's managed to make them a contender in just a few years. I mean sure he has a losing record in the MAC, but that was with a serious lack of talent and a serious lack of facilities. He was 10 times the talent to work with here at KU and brand new facilities. Nobody had heard of Snyder before he went to KSU and look what he did with them. We should at least give him one or two seasons to prove himself before we start crying for the firing of the whole athletic dept.

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100 4 years, 8 months ago

Watch the YouTube Clip "Speechless, MAC championship" --

THIS is the kind of guy we want representing Kansas football!!!!

This guy will be able to bring in so many 4 & 5 star recruits!!!!!

Nebraska will be dying to steal Coach Gill from us, but they're already locked into Coach Pelini for the next 30 years!!!!

Rock Chalk!!!!

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