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Turner Gill Named Head Coach at Kansas; Nebraska Legend Back in Big 12

DETROIT - DECEMBER 5:  Head Coach Turner Gill of the Buffalo Bulls looks on against the Ball State Cardinals during the MAC Championship game on December 5, 2008 at Ford Field in Detroit Michigan. (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Todd WilliamsCorrespondent IDecember 12, 2009

It is being reported, by ESPN and other sources, that now former head coach at Buffalo Turner Gill is going to be named the next football coach at the University of Kansas .

Coach Gill is a well respected young coach around the college football world. A former player at Nebraska , Gill has experience as both a player and a coach.

As a player, he was a three time Big 8 all-conference quarterback. He was 28-2 as the starter for the Huskers from 1980-83.

As a quarterbacks coach from 1992-2003, Gill oversaw three national championship teams and a Heisman winning quarterback in Eric Crouch. In 2003, he was named assistant head coach, and in 2004 was the wide receivers coach as well.

For the 2005 season, Gill served as the Player Development Director and Offensive Assistant for the NFL's Green Bay Packers.

In 2006, Turner Gill was named the Head Football Coach at the University of Buffalo. In his four seasons as the head man at Buffalo he has posted a 20-30 overall record. While that may not sound all that stellar at first, when taking into account where Buffalo was at before him can change the significance of those numbers.

Buffalo joined the Mid Atlantic Conference in 1999 and had not reached more than three wins until Gill took the helm. Buffalo was not a power when it came to division I-AA either. The eight wins he guided them to last year was one shy of the all time school record.

His win over 12th ranked Ball State to win the MAC Championship was the high point of his Buffalo coaching career.

Now Gill is going to take on the challenge of the Big-12 North, and face the team where he became a star, and saw success at the highest levels as an assistant coach for those three national titles.

While some Kansas fans were hoping for Stanford's Jim Harbaugh, it looks to be a solid hire.

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