Wednesday, January 27, 2010

KU releases details of Gill’s contract

Kansas to pay Gill $2M

KU athletic director Lew Perkins presents KU's new head football coach Turner Gill a Jayhawk hat and jersey during a press conference.

KU athletic director Lew Perkins presents KU's new head football coach Turner Gill a Jayhawk hat and jersey during a press conference.


New Kansas University football coach Turner Gill has signed a contract that will pay him $2 million a year over the next five years and make him the Big 12’s fifth highest-paid coach, the university announced Wednesday.

In addition to his annual salary ($229,900 will come as a base salary, $1,770,100 for media responsibilities), meanwhile, Gill will receive bonuses of $25,000 if Kansas wins a Big 12 regular-season championship, $50,000 if the team participates in a BCS bowl, $100,000 if he is named national coach of the year and $200,000 if Kansas wins a national championship.

He will also receive one month's salary if KU participates in a bowl game and a retention payment of $500,000 — $100,000 for each year of his contract — if he remains at Kansas throughout his five-year term.

“Turner Gill is a winner,” KU athletic director Lew Perkins said in a statement. “He is an excellent coach and a terrific person. With Turner and the outstanding staff he has assembled, Kansas fans can look forward to many exciting Saturdays at Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium.”

Gill’s contract represents a slightly less lucrative deal than that of Kansas’ former coach, Mark Mangino, who signed a contract extension worth $2.3 million annually in the summer of 2008 before being forced to resign in December following an investigation into his treatment of players.

Mangino’s contract also included bonuses if Kansas played in a New Year’s Day bowl ($100,000) or sold 40,000 season tickets before Sept. 1 ($125,000), and a $50,000 bonus if Mangino was named Big 12 coach of the year.

Gill arrives in Lawrence after four seasons as head coach at Buffalo, where he turned a downtrodden program into a regular conference contender. Under his watch, the team won two Mid-American Conference titles and made its first bowl appearance in the program’s history.

He was named Mid-America Conference coach of the year honors in both 2007 and 2008 and was a finalist for the Bear Bryant national coach of the year award in ‘08.


atexasjhawk 9 years, 8 months ago

Let's hope that his coaching abilities are worth $2 million a year...

Doug Merrill 9 years, 8 months ago

Solomon It's called getting him to come here in the first place and making him understand we want him to stay. If we were able to get him to come for something cheap and he is successful, he is less likely to stay when others come calling. You don't get a D-1 coach with a cheap entry salary and then expect people to take you seriously as a (sustained) contender for a top 20 program.

huskercarpenter 9 years, 8 months ago

i like the way the incentives are set up, they are a little low when looking at other big12 coaches but i think this is a good start. i'd bet that turner gets into those incentives before he get through his 1st contract.

waywardJay 9 years, 8 months ago

Wow.... sooobawls.... accusing Lew of social engineering is pretty radical.... almost racist.... then again, I suppose this is tame for your nor mal antics

gardenjay 9 years, 8 months ago

HC salary is PEANUTS compared to the AD budget. As we have learned, it's nothing for the AD to hire attys to take obscene amounts of money for doing practically nothing. It would be far more interesting, LJW, to compare this article with the specifics on salaries and bonuses for the entire Athletic Department.

Adam Evans 9 years, 8 months ago

Soobawls... It was a lot more than that. Forcing an injured player to do a bear crawl across the field in over 100 degree heat, causing him to have 2nd degree burns on his arms and legs is more than "expecting them to practice".

Rick Arnoldy 9 years, 8 months ago

Soobawls is a closet Misery fan so you can expect stupid comments like above.

I'm actually surprised the performance bonuses are that low. $25k is a drop in the bucket to the financial windfall KU will see when they win the Big 12.

Ron Prichard 9 years, 8 months ago

Honestly, after reading Soobawls comments I'm not even sure why (s)he is on this board. Wouldn't you rather be on the message boards of a team or school you like? (S)he has got to be the most negative person I have ever heard. I kind of feel sorry for Soobawls. How bad does your life have to suck to be that negative all the time? Soobawls is like Grumpy Smurf without the cuteness or charm.

As for Gill's contract, it sounds pretty reasonable. Fifth highest paid coach in the Bix XII. It shows a committment to winning to both him and everyone else while not breaking the bank. I think Lew got this one about right.

MitchumMan 9 years, 8 months ago

I'd like to see the contract almost primarily incentive driven. Instead of paying him $1.77M/yr for "media responsibilities," I'd like to see higher incentives for Big12 North Champs, Big12 Champs, BCS Bowl Games, National Champs, and even for recruiting classes (if that's possible). I know it may be hard to sell to most coaches, but if they truly feel that they are going to come to a place and win, then why not? I know it's not likely to happen, but it'd be nice to see. Btw, I'm perfectly fine with this hire.

Rivethead 9 years, 8 months ago


We're paying $2 million a year for 14 Division 1 victories (MAC conference) of head coaching experience.

Texas Tech is paying $1.5 million a year for 64 Division 1 victories (SEC conference) of head coaching experience.

Yet, no one seems to want to discuss this disparity..........

Michael Leiker 9 years, 8 months ago

I agree w/most of the above. Way too much money for an unproven guy. Why not put a clause in there where there is a mandatory renegotiation, or pay increase after 2 years if certain goals are achieved. Then again, when the athletic department is netting 15 mil/year why not?

Mike Ardis 9 years, 8 months ago

Not only did Texas Tech sign Tuberville for less than Gill, South Florida signed Skip Holtz for $9.1 million over five years. Tuberville won 110 games at Auburn and Ole Miss and went to nine bowl games while Holtz took ECU to four straight bowl games. If Perkins is overspending on Gill then apparently KU has so much money that maybe the Williams Fund doesn’t need to contact me this year…

areyouserious 9 years, 8 months ago

Rivethead - I hear ya, and agree.

Turning down Phillip Fulmer and Tommy Tubberville still blows my mind. Im not sure how interested Tubberville was, but know darn well Phillip Fulmer was VERY interested (and interviewed quite well) and would have taken this job and made this his last job!

This is waste, fraud, and abuse.........and stupid

Ben Kane 9 years, 8 months ago

i think the bonus for winning the big12 regular season should be much higher...that is our goal, we've never done it, and a BCS bowl would surely follow.

MitchumMan 9 years, 8 months ago

I believe Huskerhawk (or whatever his username is) commented on this yesterday in another article. Just thought I would share it with the rest of you in case you haven't heard it...since there is nobody from KS writing about it.

Two former Nebraska quarterbacks are staying together now that Joe Dailey has followed Turner Gill from Buffalo to Kansas.

Dailey recently was added to Gill's staff after Gill filled the Jayhawks' full-time positions. Dailey, 26, is listed as an on-campus recruiting coordinator, according to a KU spokesman.

Dailey played at Nebraska in 2003 and '04 -- the latter season as the Huskers' starter -- before transferring to North Carolina. Gill had recruited Dailey out of Jersey City, N.J., and was his position coach as a freshman.

At Buffalo, Dailey was a graduate assistant for Gill in 2008 and the Bulls' tight ends coach in 2009.

Upon elevating Dailey to a full-time position last spring, Gill told The World-Herald that he thought Dailey would "skyrocket pretty quickly" in the profession.

"He has a persona about him, carries himself very well and has a great rapport with our student-athletes and a great rapport with our coaching staff," Gill said.

Gordon Penny 9 years, 8 months ago


You are echoing my exact sentiments. This experience factor is exactly my reasoning for berating the hire in the first place. However, since I can't do anything about who the hire University hires, I am behind Coach Gill, but I am still flabbergasted at the contract. I also agree that there is no way that it took 2 million to get him to Kansas when he was making 400k at Buffalo. I think Lew is just money happy -- people always are when they are playing with someone else's money.

Larry Smith 9 years, 8 months ago

The salary is not based on "what have you done in the past". The salary is based on the current job and expectations. Lew has high expectations and did not want to go the rout of Texas Tech. As successful as Mike Leach was there, they did not want to pay him. This sends a message. If you want to play with the big boys, you have to pay with the big boys. A 2 million dollar salary is middle of the road in the big 12. If you want to pay 1 million, you get a 1 million dollar coach. Ask Colorado or Iowa State how that is working out for them.

And why is it that Tommy Tubberville had to go out and publicly campaign for every head coachimg job that came open. Why were schools not contacting him? Does that raise a red flag for anyone?

Mike Ardis 9 years, 8 months ago

Just because KU is paying Gill $2 million doesn't mean he is a $2 million coach. Lew might have signed a $1 million coach for $2 million.

Larry Smith 9 years, 8 months ago

Well, It seems to me that Lew has done OK with the hires he has made. I think he is probably a better evaluator than the rest of us. That may be the reason he gets paid to do what he does. If he had a track record of making bad hires, I could understand the apprehension.

rockchalk510 9 years, 8 months ago


Ummm....Seriously? Ever hear of Bill Self?

redbull38 9 years, 8 months ago

2 million is too much. Gill would have come for a lot less. I think they should have let him show that he is worth 2 million first. Lew wants to show that KU is willing to overpay for a coach so that the next time KU is hiring they might get the attention of bigger names. I figure if someone is going to KU because the money is so good they probably are not the guy you want. Somewhere in the 1 to 1.5 million range would have been plenty as long as they are willing to move it up as he has success.

Rick Arnoldy 9 years, 8 months ago

I don't think Coach Self was a Lew hire.

Wayne Propst 9 years, 8 months ago

part of tradition...Gill"s daughter on staff ...along with Lurch...his son-in-law and all the other "family" hires..........

justanotherfan 9 years, 8 months ago

Why is everyone insisting that we should have low balled Coach Gill. We paid him in the middle of the Big XII pack. I think that's about right.

All of the Big XII football coaches make around $1M with after their tv contracts and such are figured in. A $1M salary in college football is about the median. There are 119 D-1 programs and the #59 salary was Paul Rhoads at Iowa State at $950K. Art Briles (Baylor) is 61st at $943K. Dan Hawkins is at #55 with $1,000,570. Everyone else in the Big XII is at $1.8M or higher, and ranked in the top 35 nationally. To come in as a program trying to make it on the national stage and offer a coach basically conference bottom feeder money would be outright EMBARASSING. Perkins was right on this one. Texas Tech misstepped in my opinion. Offering lower tier Big XII money to Tuberville was a cheap move. Being cheap about your program is not how you build.

So I ask all of you that are complaining - Do you want our program to act like a lower tier BCS program?

Chris Bruning 9 years, 8 months ago

ohioburg you're right....don't believe self was a lew perkins hire... rivethead we're paying 2 million to a head coach who has won only 14 division one games...yeah, but this guy didn't come from USC. and how many wins did buffalo have in the last 20 years? i think this is a great hire....won't be no contraversy with turner gill

Michael Leiker 9 years, 8 months ago

He hired Bonnie right? Pretty much that's it and that's turning out pretty well.

Michael Leiker 9 years, 8 months ago

justanother - my count puts this 2mil salary at #20 in the nation for a 1st year coach. If anything this makes us look foolish for putting Turner Gill at #20 in the nation. You can't buy prestige.

Larry Smith 9 years, 8 months ago

Liekness, I was not referring to his hires at KU. He has a track record of making good hires at his previous schools. Eddie Fogler at WSU, Gary Williams at Maryland, Skip Holtz and Randy Edsall at Uconn. I think those are solid hires and I think he made a good one here.

huskercarpenter 9 years, 8 months ago

to all who are complaining about gill, in the last couple of days phoggin_loud put up a link to an article that ranked all of this years head coaching hires there was 21 i think and turner was ranked, wait for it, yes thats right #1 out of all the hires for this year. tubberville #10.

i have watched turner for basically the last 30 years, the man is successful at everything he does. my question for all of you who don't think he has what it takes to build the dynasty that he said he is going to build. once he proves you wrong then what are you going to find to be negative about? if you all are being negative because you are STILL upset about mangino. i suggest that you get over it and start to enjoy the ride that k.u. football is going on it will be one hell of a good time!!!!!!!!!

swense 9 years, 8 months ago

huskercarpenter I believe you are 100% right. KUfans should complain less, listen more, be grateful the teams are as good as they are, and GET BEHIND THE HAWKS 100%!!!!

rockchalk510 9 years, 8 months ago

I had my dates mixed up on self and lew but it's not like Kansas has a high turnover rate. He hasn't had the need to hire people. However something to chew on, he hired Gary Williams for Maryland, Randy Edsall, Skip Holtz, and Tom Coughlin. All are proven winners.

bradh 9 years, 8 months ago

There's really no point in talking about the salary or the record Coach Gill brings to KU. It is what it is and until Coach Gill has three or so years behind him we won't know if Lew made a good hire or not. Let's get behind the man and hope Lew knew what he was doing.

Omegatron 9 years, 8 months ago

Off topic but relevant to college football.

This is awesome!

BCS under scrutiny from Capitol Hill

yates33333 9 years, 8 months ago

A question and a comment.

Will he have the fifth best team in the conference?

They'd be better off spending 10 million to buy players, then we could compete with Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A & M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, and, I hate to mention them, Missouri and Kansas State. Sorry Colorado.

KURocksChalk 9 years, 8 months ago

Not bad, but personnally I think you might as well address the issues upfront. Everyone knows if you win a National Championship that you will get a huge pay raise and new contract. Why not spell that out now. Why a gratuitous $200K when his annual salary will probably go up by $1M a year? So, if Gill is God's man as I think he is, we should have set God up so that if his man is going to get paid, we need to win the NC game.

huskercarpenter 9 years, 8 months ago

yates33333, the teams that you have stated are all teams that turner has competed against in the past as a player or a coach, not only has he competed he has won against every team that you mentioned. to answer your question, in time yes i do think he will be in the top 5 every year in this conference.

kurockschalk, not sure i understand what you are talking about the national championship, they did spell it out he gets $200k only if they win the title. and if they do win a national championship the university will make tens of millions, who gives a crap if they give him a million dollar raise then? and yes turner is a man of God so don't you worry i'd be willing to bet that turner gives at least 10% of his income to charity, so God is already set up.

jhokfan 9 years, 8 months ago

Yes, he won 14 games but it was at BUFFALO!

Only 25k for a conference title?

soobawls, “social engineering through race”, are you serious?

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