Christopher Smith

Minnesota Gives Kill Raise, Extra Year

Created on Feb. 23, 2014 12:14 PM EST

Minnesota gave a vote of confidence to coach Jerry Kill, extending his contract by one year and giving him a hefty raise.

The move, which the Golden Gophers announced Saturday, increases his pay from $1.2 million last season to $2.1 million in 2014. It also adds a year to his previous deal, as Kill now is under contract through the 2018-19 season.

Minnesota's win-loss record has improved from 3-9 in 2011, Kill's first season, to 8-5 in 2013. The Gophers lost in the Texas Bowl each of the last two seasons.

“Coach Kill is proving his model works here at the University of Minnesota,” director of athletics Norwood Teague said. “It is right to support him as he builds a program that will make the state of Minnesota proud.”

Kill, who suffers from epilepsy, endured a seizure near the beginning of last season that forced him to take a temporary leave of absence, and he spent most of the season coaching from the press box after he returned.

“I appreciate the support President Eric Kaler and Athletic Director Norwood Teague have shown to me, the program and our student-athletes,” Kill said in a statement. “I am extremely proud of what our players and coaches accomplished on and off the field last season. We still have a lot of work to do, but are moving the program in the right direction. I look forward to continuing to build a program that positively represents the great people of Minnesota and am excited to work with our players again when we start spring practice in early March.”

Previously the lowest-paid coach in the Big Ten, Kill now will move at least several rungs up the financial ladder in the new 14-team league. Based on 2013 figures reported by USA Today and previously-reported pay raises, Kill's salary would rank ninth of 14.

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