Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 9/19/12
MINNEAPOLIS After beating New Hampshire in the 2012 home opener a few weekends ago, Gophers football coach Jerry Kill was asked about the difference in his defensive line from last year to this year. Kill's answer was simple: Eric Klein. Klein is Minnesota's head strength and conditioning coach and has been on Kill's staff since 1994. Over the last 18 years, Klein has followed Kill whenever the head coach has taken a new job elsewhere. When Kill went from Saginaw Valley State to Emporia State, Klein went with him. He moved with Kill's staff to Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois and most recently Minnesota last year. "He's the best strength coach in the country. I've said that all along," Kill said of Klein. "People have tried to hire him away. He's been loyal to me. Why? I have no idea." It's a sign of loyalty on Klein's part to stay with Kill as his staff has moved upward in the college football ranks, finally taking over a struggling Big Ten program. But it's also a show of...
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