MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota has hired Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill to take over its struggling football program. Jerry Kill went 23-16 and led the Huskies to bowls in all three of his seasons there. Northern Illinois went 10-3 this season, including a 34-23 victory at Minnesota that laid the groundwork for Gophers coach Tim Brewster to be fired. Kill will not coach Northern Illinois in the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl against Fresno State on Dec. 18 in Boise, Idaho. Athletic director Jeff Compher said he has not yet determined who will coach the team or which members of the coaching staff will remain for the bowl. Kill went 4-5 in playoff games while coaching at Southern Illinois and 0-2 in bowl games with Northern Illinois. His head coaching career started at Saginaw Valley State in 1994 and went through Emporia State and Southern Illinois before he landed at Northern.

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