Former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill has strong words about Tracy Claeys’ firing.
One day after Minnesota announced it fired Claeys, Kill harshly criticized the decision.
“I will never step foot in TCF Bank Stadium or the football facility ever again,” Kill said on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities, according to Phil Mackey, a host on the station. Kill is currently Rutgers’ offensive coordinator.
Claeys went 9-4 this season and led the Gophers to a win against Washington State in the Holiday Bowl. But Claeys publicly supported his players during their short-lived boycott of the bowl game following the suspension of 10 players.
The suspensions were related to a Title IX investigation after a student alleged she was sexually assaulted. Players stopped the boycott, reportedly after they read the details of the investigation.
Jerry Kill on @1500ESPN: I will never step foot in TCF Bank Stadium or the football facility ever again.
— Phil Mackey (@PhilMackey) January 4, 2017
Minnesota isn’t scheduled to play at Rutgers until the 2019 season — and that’s at Rutgers.
Kill also said schools don’t fire a coach “unless you’ve got someone else ready to go.”
"There's been a lot of talking going on. You don't fire a coach unless you've got someone else ready to go." – Killhttps://t.co/8K0FPc2NdQ
— 1500 ESPN (@1500ESPN) January 4, 2017
Claeys is a former Kill assistant, filling in as Minnesota’s interim coach when Kill stepped aside because of health reasons. The 2016 season was Claeys’ first as Minnesota’s head coach.
You can listen to Kill’s appearance on 1500 ESPN here.
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