Reports: Gill named Kansas football coach

Dec. 12, 2009 at 6:19 PM

LAWRENCE, Kan., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Turner Gill will be the next football coach at Kansas University, media reported Saturday.

Gill, 47, the head coach at the University of Buffalo, is no stranger to Big 12 Conference football. He was the quarterback at Nebraska from 1980-83 and finished fourth in the voting for the 1983 Heisman Trophy, given annually to college football's top player.

The Buffalo News had reported Kansas Athletic Director Lew Perkins asked to speak with Gill Dec. 4 and a source said the two met in New York City last Sunday. The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World and Yahoo! Sports reported Kansas had offered Gill the job and that he was expected to sign a contact in the coming days.

Gill's record at Buffalo was 20-30 overall (14-18) in the Mid-American Conference. In 2009, the Bulls went 5-7, but in 2008, they were 8-6 and won the MAC title.

Other candidates at Kansas reportedly were Stanford's Jim Harbaugh and East Carolina's Skip Holtz.

Former coach Mark Mangino resigned Dec. 3 following an internal review of player concerns about alleged verbal and physical abuse.

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