Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Turner Gill hired to Razorbacks coaching staff
Liberty head coach Turner Gill looks on during an injury break in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
Arkansas has hired former Division I head coach Turner Gill to a non-assistant position on Chad Morris' football coaching staff.
Gill will serve as executive director for student-athlete and staff development, according to a press release. The position will provide mentorship to athletes and coaches, and will include community outreach.
“Adding someone with Turner’s experience and knowledge to our staff is going to provide a tremendous boost for our student-athletes and our staff,” Morris said in a statement. “From his time as a player at Nebraska to working in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers to serving as a head coach, he has so much to offer our athletes, coaches and staff. We’re excited for him to be a Razorback and have him help build our culture.”
Gill is a former head coach at Buffalo, Kansas and Liberty and has a career record of 72-84. He resigned at Liberty last year following seven seasons in which the Flames were 47-35 and transitioned from the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision to Football Bowl Subdivision.
“When I retired from head coaching, I knew that I still wanted to be involved in athletics in some way," Gill said in a statement. "This job could not have been more perfect for what I believe I was called to do."
Gill was a three-year starting quarterback at Nebraska from 1981-83. The team was 28-2 during his time as a starter and in 1983 he was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, which was won by his teammate, running back Mike Rozier.
Following a short professional football and baseball career, Gill was an assistant coach at Nebraska from 1990-2004. He was director of player development for the NFL's Green Bay Packers in 2005.
The University of Buffalo hired Gill as its head coach in 2006. He went 20-30 at Buffalo and led the Bulls to the 2008 MAC championship.
Gill was hired away by Kansas prior to the 2010 season, but was fired in 2011 after he won just five games in two seasons.
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