Kansas ousts Gill

Remember when new college football head coaches used to get at least four years to turn around a program? Or at least three?

Those days are apparently over.

Kansas officially pulled the plug on the Turner Gill era Sunday, athletic director Sheahon Zenger announced. Gill had coached the Jayhawks for two seasons after signing a five-year, $10 million contract in December 2009.

"After a thorough evaluation of our football program," Zenger said, "I have concluded that new leadership is necessary to place us on the path toward competing for championships in the Big 12 Conference. I come to this conclusion reluctantly, because I have the utmost respect for Turner Gill as a quality individual who wants only the best for the young men he coaches."

Zenger said he has "no specific timetable" to find a new head coach, but he said it will be a national search that will begin immediately

"Naturally I would like to have a new coach on board as soon as possible," he said.

Recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell has been named interim head coach.

Kansas owes Gill roughly $6 million for the remaining three years of his contract. The former Buffalo head coach went 5-19 in two seasons in Lawrence, including a 2-10 mark this fall.

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