MINNEAPOLIS -- Jerry Kill seemed almost embarrassed to be getting a pay raise.
The Gophers' head football coach is a simple and modest man who years ago lived in a trailer and made $250 a month before he eventually ascended to coach a Big Ten program. So when a restructuring of his contract, announced this weekend, boosted his salary from $1.2 million to $2.1 million in 2014, even his family gave Kill grief about the sizable bump in pay.
"When your brother calls you up and goes, 'You ain't worth that, I can tell you that. I'm sitting here working on beef cattle and they're paying you that to coach football? Is this country crazy?' I just chuckled. I said, 'I can't answer that question. They may be,'" Kill said Monday at a press conference to discuss his new contract. "I'm a simple guy, but I will tell you this: I'm very appreciative. I've been blessed. I've been a blessed person my whole life."
The University of Minnesota feels it has been blessed, too, to have landed Kill to lead t...