Fast facts about Kill

  • December 5, 2010 - 11:40 PM


• The new Gophers football coach began his coaching career in 1985, when he became the defensive coordinator for NAIA power Pittsburg (Kan.) State. Dennis Franchione was head coach at the time.

• Kill coached New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs at Southern Illinois and San Diego Chargers linebacker Larry English at Northern Illinois.

• Northern Illinois' football program achieved a 975 score in the latest Academic Progress Rate report, one of the best marks in the country.

• Kill was treated for kidney cancer in 2005. He has said he's cancer-free. Complications from gallbladder surgery sidelined him after he collapsed at his home in September. He was hospitalized but didn't miss any games.

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