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Texas becomes priority for Gill

12/14/2009

Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins looked at Turner Gill's roster at Buffalo as an indicator that he could thrive in his new job with the Jayhawks.

Considering that Gill was able to convince 11 Texans to make up the Bulls' current 95-man roster is indicative of what the new coach could do for the Jayhawks.

"There's no question that Texas is important to Kansas as a recruiting base," Perkins said. "And if he can recruit kids from Texas to Buffalo, I certainly think he can recruit them to Kansas, and that's not a knock about Buffalo."

Perkins also added that the experience of Chuck Long and Carl Torbush as his coordinators was another significant step in Gill's hiring. Both Long and Torbush have experience as FBS coaches and also as coordinators at other Big 12 schools.

Gill let Perkins know early in his interview that Long and Torbush would be highly considered to be members of his staff.

"I had an opportunity at another institution, not saying it was 100 percent, but they were definitely on my radar screen," Gill said. "These two guys, there's a lot of commonality with me. They have the same ideas of what I want to have done. That was more important to me than the X's and O's -- just to create an environment that is productive where people enjoy coming to work every day. That's how I'm wired to build a program and how to sustain it."

Long attended Gill's introductory news conference Monday in Lawrence, Kan.