Why Turner Gill Can't Be Fired by the Kansas Jayhawks

Vance PennCorrespondent IOctober 22, 2011

With another losing season solidly underway for Kansas, the locals are beginning to become restless.

Turner Gill took over a program that was in disarray prior to the 2010 season after the firing of Mark Mangino. While many programs would be willing to allow Gill the time to rebuild, the win-now fan base at Kansas tasted just enough success that they are eager to turn out a winner.

Gill has worked hard to bring the football program up to the standard of other Big 12 programs, but that will take time. Many fans don't seem willing to give him the time necessary to rebuild the Kansas Jayhawks into a winner as they're already lighting up the message boards with calls for his ousting.

However, with a guaranteed five-year contract worth $10 million, he is in the driver's seat with the athletic department. 

One would think it would be easy to just fire Gill and buy him out, but that just isn't the case in Kansas—at least for now anyway. The administration is already paying big bucks after firing Mangino as well as the money they're paying Lew Perkins following his retirement.

Unless the athletic department plans to come up with $8 million at the end of season, Gill will be staying. So for now, Turner Gill seems destined to get at least another season to turn the Kansas football program around, no matter how badly the Jayhawks play and no matter what the fans may think.

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