Former Gopher football coach Jerry Kill critical of P.J. Fleck in interview

Jerry Kill, during the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team's 2013 Spring Game in TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis. (Original photo has been cropped to fit) Photo: Photo taken by Bobak Ha'Eri, on April 27, 2013 via WikiMedia Commons
Jerry Kill, during the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team's 2013 Spring Game in TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis. (Original photo has been cropped to fit)

February 20, 2019 12:01 AM

Appearing on Sirius XM's "Big Ten Today" program on Tuesday, former Gopher football coach Jerry Kill directed strong comments toward current Gophers coach P.J. Fleck.

Kill has bristled at Fleck and the University of Minnesota before, but not with the tone of Tuesday's comments.

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Follow this link to hear an extended clip of Kill's Tuesday interview on SiriusXM

Here's a transcript of the conversation as heard in a clip distributed by the @SXMCollege twitter account:

•Kill: "He coached with me but after that he changed a lot. I’ll just be honest with you guys. People that have known him before - when he got with (Greg) Schiano his personality changed a lot. And I knew his first wife. He just changed a bunch. Then once he became a head coach - I mean - I helped him get the job at Western Michigan, and I just think sometimes ego gets carried away.

Then when he went into Minnesota and treated the people the way he treated my guys and telling ‘em he had to go in and completely change the culture - and it was a bad culture and bad people - you know, he made it sound like we didn’t know what we were doing... and I took it personal.

You just don’t treat people that have been with you and helped you career and you don’t even talk to, you know, once you get the job."

•SiriusXM Host: "Did you talk or air it out after he got the job?"

•Kill: "Oh, yeah. It wasn’t good."

•SiriusXM Host: "When’s the last time you talked to him?"

•Kill: "That’s the last time."

•SiriusXM Host: "So a few years, then?"

•Kill "And it will be the last time.

Do I still root for the Gophers? I do. Do I enjoy him running up and down the sideline? No. Do I think that he’s about the players? No. He’s about himself. You can’t tell me. You’ve watched him. You listen to his interview, you think he thinks about the players?

I just lost a lot of respect. It’s kind of like when Jimbo Fisher left Florida State and went to A&M and (Rick) Trickett, who’d been with him for years and years and years, he never even gave him a call. He just takes off and goes to A&M, doesn’t call. Those kinds of things disappoint me in people. So I guess maybe disappointment is a better way to put P.J. I'm disappointed on how he handled some things."

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