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Ex-Golden Gophers coach Jerry Kill named associate AD at K-State

Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has been named associate athletic director at Kansas State, the school announced Tuesday.

Kill, 54, resigned on Oct. 28 from the Golden Gophers because of health issues related to suffering seizures on game days. Kill's position at Kansas State is not a coach in waiting, a source said. Wildcats coach Bill Snyder, 76, is the oldest active coach in Division I.

Kill is a Kansas native. He was 156-102 as a head coach, including 29-29 in five seasons at Minnesota.

"I need to clear this up real quick -- I cannot ever be a head coach [again]. That's just the way my life is going to be. I'm very understanding of that. My next journey is this journey." Jerry Kill

"Rebecca [his wife] and I couldn't be happier to return home to the state of Kansas and join the K-State Athletics family and Manhattan community," Kill said. "I want to make it known that my coaching days are over, and I am excited to start this next phase as an administrator for one of the finest athletics departments in the country. Mentoring has always been very important to me, and I am thrilled to work in support of Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder and the football program and learn more about the administrative side of college athletics under [athletic director] John [Currie] and the rest of the first-class staff at K-State."

In a conference call with reporters, Kill again made it clear that his coaching days are over.

"I need to clear this up real quick -- I cannot ever be a head coach [again]. That's just the way my life is going to be. I'm very understanding of that. My next journey is this journey," he said.

"My way to be a part of student-athletes and be a part of a football program is just this -- mentoring people. This is what I'm able to do. I even checked it out with my doctor before I got this far. I have to live a little bit of a different life than what I did before, and I'm OK with it."

Currie said the school is thrilled to add Kill to his staff.

"He is ready to move into a new chapter of his life and professional career, and his experience as a former head coach will be a terrific addition to our staff," Currie said. "We look forward to the perspective and mentoring he will provide our coaches and student-athletes as we continue toward our vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program."