Minneapolis (KMSP) - The University of Minnesota announced Friday that Jerry Kill’s contract will be extended. The one-year contract extension will last through the 2019 football season.
The contract had been under discussion since January as they were close to an agreement, but it was delayed until finally confirmed on Friday. The University had agreed on a $2.2 million contract originally, but his new contract is structured with a $300,000 raise that is now valued at $2.5 million going into the 2015-2016 season. Kill will receive a raise of $100,000 each year until 2019 after that he will make $2.9 million each season.
“It makes you a lot more relaxed where you can coach,” said coach Kill. “We have a lot of different situations that we’re going through right now.”
The Gophers have a 25-26 record while under the guidance of coach Kill, and they have finished 8-5 in their last two seasons. Kill was hired in 2010 and had to deal with not only turning the football program around, but his healthy issues along the way.
Kill was awarded the Big Ten Coach of the Year Award last season.
The Gophers head coach said that the program is on track to building a new football facility that will play a key in their recruitment, and an integral part of their program.
The 2015 season will begin with their first game on September 3rd, against TCU, the location and time has yet to be determined.