Jerry Kill to coach Northern Illinois

Dec. 13, 2007 at 2:09 PM
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DEKALB, Ill., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Jerry Kill, who took Southern Illinois to its division playoffs five consecutive years, has been hired to be the head football coach at Northern Illinois.

Kill built a 55-32 record in seven seasons at Southern Illinois University and takes over a Northern Illinois Huskies team that went 2-10 in 2007 after bowl appearances in 2004 and 2006.

His record includes a 1-10 first season and a 12-2 mark in 2007, a season that ended last weekend with a loss in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision semifinals.

He replaces Joe Novak, who retired as Northern Illinois' coach after 12 seasons and a total record of 63-76.

"Jerry Kill has been successful at every level of college coaching," said Northern Illinois Athletic Director Jim Phillips. "Simply put, he is a winner. His record speaks for itself. More importantly, he is a quality person with a great family who will continue the tradition that Coach Novak has built here at Northern Illinois."

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