Press conference held for Turner Gill

Turner Gill is the new head coach at of the University of Kansas football program.

A press conference introducing him was held today in Lawrence. has video of it here. has also reported that Gill will be making $2 million annually over the course of his five-year contract. This is a little less than former head coach Mark Mangino was making. He was pulling down $2.3 million each year, which was the fourth highest in the Big 12.

Coaching in the Big 12 will be relatively familiar ground. Before being head coach of the Bulls of the University at Buffalo in New York, Gill was a quarterback at the University of Nebraska under Tom Osborne. Then he was an assistant at Nebraska to Frank Solich.

KU players are reportedly looking forward to having Gill as their new coach, and Buffalo Bull Dane Robinson sent KU players a letter that said the Jayhawks were getting a “great football coach and should keep your worries minimal.”

Gill is bringing former head coaches Chuck Long and Carl Torbush on as his assistants.

I don’t know a lot about Gill, but I wish him luck. During the press conference, he promised to bring a winning tradition back to KU football year after year.

I hope he does it.

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