Kill named next Gophers coach

Northern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill has been named the next University of Minnesota head football coach, according to the Minnesota Daily.

Kill -- who will not coach Northern Illinois in its bowl game later this month, according to ESPN -- took over for interim head coach Jeff Horton, who went 2-3 in his five-game stint at the helm.

Kill has four previous head coaching jobs at the collegiate level, unlike Horton's predecessor, Tim Brewster, according to the Star Tribune. Kill's Huskies defeated the Gophers early on in the 2010 season, just one of the losses that lead to the eventual demise of Brewster.

Gopher Sports sent out an email to the student population announcing the move after Athletic Director Joel Maturi confirmed the report in a text message to the AP.

Kill's last name is also a verb, inspiring a grip of uninspiring headlines across the state.

The Star Tribune had a poll posted on their website Sunday, with over 50 percent of the 9,100 voters selecting, "Northern Illinois? You're Killing me."

No recount is expected at this time.

It is not known if a "most clever headline" award will be handed out anytime soon.

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