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Minnesota hires Jerry Kill as coach

Updated: December 6, 2010, 4:18 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota has hired Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill to take over its struggling football program.

Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi confirmed the decision Sunday night.

Kill went 23-16 and led the Huskies to bowls in all three of his seasons there. Northern Illinois went 10-3 this season, including a 34-23 victory at Minnesota that laid the groundwork for Gophers coach Tim Brewster to be fired.

Minnesota went 3-9 and 2-8 in the Big Ten this year. ...

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