• It's unlikely that Jerry Kill will be a college football head coach again because of the pressures of the job, but it wouldn't surprise me to see him wind up as an assistant coach in the future. Kill and his wife, Rebecca, are moving out of their house here. They have to move out by January, and a decision on where they will move to likely won't be made until he decides what he is going to do. Kill is not short of offers and certainly could be a great asset to the University of Minnesota. During his time as Gophers coach, he became one of the most popular people in the state. He could do great work as a fundraiser and in public relations, something the school badly needs.
• It will be strange to see Darrell Bevell, the Vikings offensive coordinator from 2006 to '10, on the Seattle sidelines as Seahawks offensive coordinator, a role he has served since 2011. He has played a big part in developing Russell Wilson and helping Seattle to back-to-back Super Bowls.
• Jay Sawvel, who is likely to be promoted from defensive back coaches to defensive coordinator for the Gophers, was at Notre Dame as a graduate assistant from 1996 to '99, beginning his career there under Lou Holtz. Sawvel worked on the Irish staff at the same time as Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.
• Peter Westerhaus was a highly recruited linebacker from Holy Family but never played one play for the Gophers because of ulcerative colitis, a chronic, inflammatory bowel disease. But he was kept on scholarship, remained listed on the roster and was introduced with the seniors at last week's Wisconsin game.
• The Gophers have some hopes to get more out of two of their recent top recruits in Berkley Edwards and Jeff Jones. Big things were expected of both when they signed, but Edwards had only five carries on the season and Jones played primarily on special teams.