During Friday's Gophers practice, the university announced it had officially signed Jerry Kill to a one-year contract extension through 2019. Here are some key contract details:
Kill gets a $300,000 annual raise. So he'll make $2.5 million this year, then $2.6 million, $2.7 million, $2.8 million and $2.9 million in 2019.
Kill's top nine assistants will get combined raises totaling $175,000 this year and will continue to be paid with the top six staffs in the Big Ten throughout Kill's contract. The university also agreed to $125,000 in pay increases for the football support staff.
Bottom line: Kill gets a $300,000 raise, a one-year extension, and $300,000 in combined pay increases to spread within the football department.
The contract talks started months ago and were shelved for a long period before the sides finally ironed out the details.
“It makes you a lot more relaxed where you can coach,” Kill said. “We’ve had a lot of different situations that we’re going through right now, but I have complete confidence in our president [Eric Kaler]."
In other news, tight end Duke Anyanwu was not at practice. Kill hinted that it was similar to Ben Lauer's situation, when the team was awaiting MRI results, but the coach gave no specifics.
Lauer is expected to miss another week with a left knee injury. Josh Campion was the first-team left tackle today in Lauer's absence, and Connor Mayes was the first-team right guard.
Other players who did not practice today included: WR Isaiah Gentry, TE Lincoln Plsek, DT Robert Ndondo-Lay, RB Jonathan Femi-Cole.
The team will scrimmage Saturday at Concordia (St. Paul), starting at 10:10 a.m. It's free and open to the public. This is the last chance for the public and media to watch the team before the Sept. 3 season opener against TCU.