Friday, December 10, 2010
Minnesota's Jerry Kill retains coordinators
By Adam Rittenberg
Jerry Kill is moving from Northern Illinois to Minnesota, and he's bringing his coordinators with him.
Kill will keep two of his longtime aides in the same roles with the Gophers according to a report in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press. Matt Limegrover will serve as Minnesota's offensive coordinator, and Tracy Claeys will coordinator the Gophers' defense.
Both Limegrove and Claeys have served on Kill's staff for more than a decade, so no surprise here.
"My offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator have been with me a long time and are with me right now," Kill told the Pioneer Press. "Then we're going to go from there. I'm working through it, making sure I put the best staff together available for the University of Minnesota."
Kill told me this week that he would wait and see how Northern Illinois would proceed in forming its coaching staff for the upcoming Humanitarian Bowl. Tom Matukewicz, the Huskies' linebackers coach under Kill, is serving as NIU's interim head coach.
I'll never fault a coach for sticking with assistants who make him comfortable. The big challenge for Kill and his staff remains recruiting to a higher level with the Gophers. It'll be interesting to see if Kill retains any of Tim Brewster's assistants. Limegrover's appointment probably means Minnesota's previous offensive coordinator, Jeff Horton, will end up elsewhere.
Limegrover started his coaching career at the University of Chicago and served as a graduate assistant at Northwestern in 1995-96, as the Wildcats won back-to-back Big Ten championships. Claeys hasn't coached in the Big Ten before.