University at Buffalo Football

Gill Staying Put at Buffalo

Third-year head coach gets extension and pay raise after Bulls claim first MAC title; bowl appearance

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Turner Gill
BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo head football coach Turner Gill will remain on the Bulls sidelines in 2009 and for the foreseeable future after receiving an extension and increase in salary for the Bulls outstanding accomplishments this year.

Due to University policy, terms of the agreement will not be released.

Gill, who came to Buffalo in 2006, led Buffalo to its first Mid-American Conference championship with a decisive 42-24 win over previously unbeaten and 12th ranked Ball State. The Bulls are currently 8-5 and ready for the program's first-ever bowl appearance when they take on Connecticut on January 3rd in the International Bowl in Toronto. Gill has a 15-22 overall record and his Bulls' claimed a share of the 2007 MAC East title before claiming it outright this year.

This season has seen Buffalo break its all-time scoring record, post its first overall winning record since moving up to Division I-A in 1999, having numerous players break school career and single-season records and saw UB earn unprecedented national coverage with four appearances – soon to be five with the bowl game – on the ESPN family of networks as the Bulls were 4-0 in those contests.

Of Buffalo's five losses this season, four of them (Pittsburgh, Missouri, Western Michigan and Central Michigan) came against teams that have advanced to bowl games, with two of those teams ranked in the Top 25.

“On the day I came here to be the head coach I told my team that one day we would be successful here at the University at Buffalo,” said Gill. “Now, more than ever, I have never been more proud to be the head coach of this program at this great academic institution. This program has proven it can win now and it is built to continue to win in the future. I am grateful to President John Simpson and Athletic Director Warde Manuel for their continued support and faith in me as a football coach and leader of young men.

“I additionally want to thank our coaching staff and support staff for all they have done that has allowed us to have success in our football program,” said Gill.

Gill's contract will now run through the 2013 season, with a rollover option each year, and his raise in pay will place him as one of the highest-paid coaches in the Mid-American Conference. All of the Bulls' assistant coaches will also see an increase in their compensation.

“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of Turner, his coaching staff and his team,” said Manuel. “They have brought unprecedented attention to the University at Buffalo and have been great ambassadors for the school. I am thrilled that Turner will remain as our head coach, and with President John Simpson, am elated to reward him and his staff for their efforts.”

12/16/2008
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