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Jerry Kill introduced as new Rutgers offensive coordinator

Jerry Kill (center) watched K-State take on Oklahoma State this season. The former Minnesota coach became the new offensive coordinator at Rutgers on Monday.
Jerry Kill (center) watched K-State take on Oklahoma State this season. The former Minnesota coach became the new offensive coordinator at Rutgers on Monday. The Wichita Eagle

Former Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill was introduced as Rutgers’ new offensive coordinator Monday.

Kill had served as the associate athletics director for administration at Kansas State since May. His role was the chief administrator for the university’s football program.

He came to K-State after a 32-year career in coaching that began at the high school level and appeared to end at Minnesota for health reasons related to epilepsy. He won 156 games and three national coaching awards.

Kill’s responsibilities at K-State, which included attending football practices and advising K-State coach Bill Snyder on future opponents as well as helping athletic director John Currie, appeared to help re-energize him.

Last month, he told The Star he was in terrific health. A low-carb diet, prescribed by his epilepsy doctor, helped him lose 25 pounds. He sleeps more and exercises daily. His energy went way up.

“I would say I feel about 90-percent better than I did a year ago,” Kill said last month. “I would probably still be coaching had I felt this good then. But I have changed a lot. I went from 2 1/2 hours of sleep for 12 years to six hours of sleep now. That is a huge deal.

“I have changed my life, and K-State has allowed me to change my life. I am more relaxed and I have been able to take time to take care of myself.”

At Rutgers, Kill replaces Drew Mehringer, who left after one season to join Tom Herman’s staff at Texas. Kill will also coach the Scarlet Knights’ quarterbacks.

“I am excited to welcome Jerry and his family to Rutgers,” Rutgers coach Chris Ash said. “Jerry brings years of experience and tremendous leadership to our offense. He is a veteran Big Ten coach and a proven winner. Our players and coaches will benefit from his wealth of knowledge.”

Kill had winning seasons in 15 of his 22 years as a college head coach. He guided the Gophers to three bowl games from 2011-15, including the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl in 2014. It marked the first Jan. 1 bowl game for Minnesota since 1962.

The Star’s Kellis Robinett and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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