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Jerry Kill: Our only goal as a staff is one thing...

Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill, fresh off his #1 ranking from Athlon’s College Football Preview, hit the speaking circuit yesterday in the great state of Minnesota.

Kill told a group of Gopher fans, “The thing that we want from you more than anything is your loyalty, we want your support. It’s going to be tough. It won’t be easy. Some days you’ll say, ‘Boy, I don’t know.’”

“Everywhere I’ve been, when we started, they’ve said ‘Boy, I don’t know.’ You can’t change things over night. You’ve been patient for a long time. I know some of you say, ‘Too damn long.’ I understand that. I wish I had a magical wand or a crystal ball to make it right.”

“Our only goal as a staff is one thing…I want to see you smile and I want you to say ‘Boy, I’m proud of that football team and they reflect the great state of Minnesota.”

“Change is hard.”

“I’ll be honest with you. We have a vision. It’s not going to be easy.”

The Gophers open at Southern Cal. The next three games are in Minnesota against New Mexico State, Miami (OH), and North Dakota State.