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Turner Gill set to make $2 million annually

Turner Gill, in this undated photo, started his coaching career as an understudy to Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne and ascended to assistant head coach under Frank Solich.

Turner Gill, in this undated photo, started his coaching career as an understudy to Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne and ascended to assistant head coach under Frank Solich.

December 14, 2009

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Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins said Monday that new head football coach Turner Gill will make approximately $2 million per year for the next five seasons.

Former coach Mark Mangino, who resigned earlier this month under pressure, was making $2.3 million a year, fourth highest in the Big 12.

Gill, who was introduced as KU's football coach during a Monday morning press conference, is expected to meet with the current players on KU's roster at a Monday night meeting.

Comments

Catbacker 5 years ago

Wow...and I thought KU was overpaying Mangino!

Newell_Post 5 years ago

...conclusive proof that KUAC or KAI, whatever it is legally called now, should not be considered a non-profit organization....

Ignorant_Yokel 5 years ago

Congratulations to Turner and his family!

WELCOME to Lawrence on behalf of alumni and donors!

lwctown 5 years ago

Amazing what organizations will pay people who perform functions that have no bearing on the real world.

alm77 5 years ago

Hope he remembers to spend locally.

Marc Mondi 5 years ago

lwctown (Anonymous) says…

Amazing what organizations will pay people who perform functions that have no bearing on the real world


I take it you did not watch or listen to any of Coach Gill's press conference, otherwise you would've heard the words out his mouth as to how he hopes to accomplish a number of things: First to foster better "Men", second to foster better "Students", and third to develop better "Football players"... in that order. Besides that, you apprently never played sports and understood concepts of winning/losing, working with others, how to deal with emotions/pressure/stress, etc. etc. Of course, none of those ever have anything to do with the real world...

newsreader 5 years ago

Mangino was making $2.3 million a year 2 years removed from an Orange Bowl.

Gill is making $2 million a year after going 20-30 in a crappy conference.

Sure... that makes sense....

gsxr600 5 years ago

It definitely says KU's committed to football. No, he didn't have an exceptional season this year, but he did help turn around arguably the worst team in college football. 5 - 41 four years before Gill. He lead them to a conference championship. That being said, I don't think he deserves $2 million a year without proving himself first.

ModerateOne 5 years ago

Haters: If you think Coach Gill is being paid too much with your money then stop donating and stop buying tickets. If he is not being paid with your money then why in the world do you care how much he makes?

randysavage 5 years ago

He better win, and win soon.

If he can't win the least he could do would be to fund a nice little tailgate party on the hill at each home. With that 2 million we should have beef ribs, pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, burgers, dogs, brats, corn on the cob, beer, potato salad, baked beans, nachos, that layered bean dip, little smokies, pork rinds, celebrity appearances, sody pop for the children and more beer.

Just win Mr. Gill....

lwctown 5 years ago

Nope...sports are not the real world...

Noweigh 5 years ago

lwc....

Sports on the field may not be the real world, but those outcomes directly affect this town and its economy in a huge way. Just ask all the merchants who cried bloody murder when they moved KU vs. MU to Arrowhead. Or when KU was posting 3-8 records on the field. Success on the KU field and on the court make a huge difference in the real world of Lawrence...if you can call Lawrence the "real world."

hail2oldku 5 years ago

While it does seem to be quite a sum of money, when you take into account that it is in line with what Bonnie and Bill make it is not really out of line. This salary, of course, leads to the pressure to win right away. If he is able to do that with the football team, 2 million/year will be quite a bargain. If he isn't he won't last long anyway.

lwctown 5 years ago

Here is a good example of a real world issue....instead of throwing money at a game.

anon1958 5 years ago

ModerateOne (Anonymous) says…

Haters: If you think Coach Gill is being paid too much with your money then stop donating and stop buying tickets. If he is not being paid with your money then why in the world do you care how much he makes?


Well it is your money and the taxpayer's money that heavily subsidizes the KUAC.

Who do you think owns the land and physical structure of the stadium and fieldhouse. KUAC is definitely not paying market value rent for using those facilities to run their so called "business". That is a huge government subsidy and they could not pay Uncle Fester and his minions their outrageous salaries without this taxpayer financed subsidy.

There are many more taxpayer funded backdoor subsidies that prop up KUAC but the overwhelming majority of Kansans and the members of the legislature are too dense to figure it out.

BePositive 5 years ago

Gill is just what our team needs after all of the abuse they have endured. His emotional maturity will help restore the programs reputation destroyed under Mangino.

Steve Jacob 5 years ago

"First to foster better “Men”, second to foster better “Students”, and third to develop better “Football players”

Sounds like a speech Terry Allen gave. No one cares as long as you win.

maxcrabb 5 years ago

lcwtown, If KU athletics hired a coach for $200,000, and then donated the remainder to KU Med, all these boosters and members of the "Gridiron club" would raise hell, wondering why their money was going to health care and not football.

So really, you should campaign all the sports donors to just give their money to KU Med instead. KU Athletics is obligated to spend the money as the donors see fit (which they sometimes do and sometimes don't).

Marc Mondi 5 years ago

lwctown (Anonymous) says…

Here is a good example of a real world issue….instead of throwing money at a game.

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/dec


So... in rebuttal...

$$$ spent for a notable coach with Midwest/TX ties>better recruits>better chance of winning>fans feeling warm and fuzzy about team>more fans come watch games>more $$$ in KU Athletics pocket>more funds for state programs = more $$$ for KU MED!

Then again, sports don't do anything for "real world issues".

1983Hawk 5 years ago

[quote on] Anyone who believes Mangino has hurt KU's rep is a sheep being led around the KU Athletic Dept. [quote off]

Baaaaa .... Baaaaa ......

average 5 years ago

"No talent at all. KU will go 4-0 next year and finish 4-7."

Not following the team much, are you? We're going to beat Georgia Tech (going to the Orange Bowl this year) and Southern Miss, then lose the Big 12 so badly that we don't bother playing the 12th game of the season? Damn, now that's a prediction.

lwctown 5 years ago

Really kind of a false economy like a casino then right? No real product is produced. A very few people make money and lots of people lose money but gain a false illusion that something was gained.

Richard Heckler 5 years ago

Locally about $20 million USD 497 tax dollars was spent on sports. That money is down the money hole.

When is the last time $20 million USD 497 tax dollars was spent improving curriculum and vocational technical opportunities?

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sad_lawrencian 5 years ago

Sad that a college football coach makes more than I'll probably see in my lifetime. They should take some of that money and put it into renovating Murphy Hall. I don't want to hear another word about how KU is cutting programs and the budget crisis, while they're paying this guy this much. Hypocrites.

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