Updated: 02/24/2014 5:09 PM
Created: 02/22/2014 4:50 PM KSTP.com
By: Chris Long
The University of Minnesota has restructured football coach Jerry Kill's contract. The revised deal will keep Kill with the Gophers through the 2018-19 season and nearly doubles his salary.
The 2018-19 season is an addition to Kill's previously existing contract.
Kill made $1.2 million last season. The new deal bumps his total pay up to $2.1 million this coming season with increases of $100,000 each year through the end of the contract for an average annual salary over five years of $2.3M.
The reward comes after Kill guided the Gophers to a second-straight bowl appearance.
Kill's team also won four consecutive Big Ten conference games last fall - the first such run for a Gopher football team in 40 years.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has obtained the revised contract as agreed upon by Kill and the University.
The contract contains a buyout which can be exercised by either Kill or the University. Should either side wish to terminate, the buyout is equal to the amount of the annual base salary ($600,000) per year remaining in the deal.
The balance of the salary beyond the base salary is $900,000 per year in supplemental compensation and $600,000 in supplemental retirement funding, which increases $100,000 each year.
Kill's salary had been the lowest among Big Ten football coaches by a wide margin. Even with the raise, Kill's annual pay remains in the lower tier among his conference colleagues.
The contract also stipulates the salary pool for the Gophers assistant coaches will be among the top six in the Big Ten.
Among the additional incentives included in the deal:
“I appreciate the support President Eric Kaler and Athletic Director Norwood Teague have shown to me, the program and our student-athletes,” said Kill - in a release issued by the University. “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 new contract also offers: use of two personal cars (up from one); an increase to 60 hours of non-commercial airplane leasing for recruiting or other university business; a suite at TCF Bank Stadium for home games and 20 tickets to any Gophers bowl game; travel considerations for Kill's family to away games and for families of assistant coaches to one away game per season.
“Coach Kill is proving his model works here at the University of Minnesota,” said Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague in an e-mailed statement. “It is right to support him as he builds a program that will make the state of Minnesota proud.”
“Jerry Kill is the right coach for the University of Minnesota,” said University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler in the same e-mailed statement. “He has clearly moved our program forward and I am pleased we have come to this agreement to secure his long-term leadership of Gopher football.”