The University of Minnesota announced a one-year contract extension agreement Friday for football coach Jerry Kill, who is now contracted to lead the Gophers through the 2019 season.
Kill's new deal is expected to include a salary increase of about $300,000 this season, which boosts his annual salary to $2.5 million. His salary will increase to $3 million in 2019.
The Gophers enter the 2015 season on the heels of back-to-back eight-win campaigns and last season earned their first Jan. 1 bowl berth since 1962. Kill was named Big Ten coach of the year, the first Gophers coach to win the award since Glen Mason in 1999.
In February, Kill received a one-year contract extension through the 2018 season and an annual salary raise from $1.2 million to $2.1 million in 2014. The raise to $2.5 million leaves him eighth among the highest-paid Big Ten coaches, behind Urban Meyer of Ohio State, first-year coach Jim Harbaugh of Michigan, Kirk Ferentz of Iowa, James Franklin of Penn State, Mark Dantonio of Michigan State, Mike Riley of Nebraska and Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern.
The announcement comes one week after former athletics director Norwood Teague resigned under pressure of a sexual harassment investigation.
"I've had the pleasure of working with Coach Kill for several years and I admire how he and his staff have built the Gopher Football program the right way," interim AD Beth Goetz said in a statement. "We're seeing the results of that hard work in competition and in the classroom. I've talked to many Gopher fans who are very excited about the direction of our football program right now. I share their excitement."
With Jerry Kill's current 2016 recruiting class his best one to date, what does this new deal mean for recruiting going forward? GopherDigest.com's Ryan Burns discusses the impact of this contract extension for the Gophers and their recruiting with Scout's Amy Campbell.