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Updated: February 22nd, 2014 5:02pm
Gophers give Jerry Kill big raise, one-year contract extension

Gophers give Jerry Kill big raise, one-year contract extension

by Nate Sandell
1500ESPN.com
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The long-discussed contract extension and raise for Minnesota Gophers football coach Jerry Kill has been finally been agreed upon.

The Gophers announced Saturday the restructuring of Kill's contract. Under the new deal, Kill will make $2.1 million next season, up from the $1.2 million he made last year. The deal also tacks on an additional season, keeping him under contract through the 2018 season.

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

In his third season with the Gophers in 2013, Kill led his rebuilding program to only its fifth eight-win campaign (8-5) in the previous 50 years.

"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."

The Gophers are nearing the start of their fourth year of spring practices under Kill. The 52-year-old coach is scheduled to address the media on Monday to preview spring practice.

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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