Jerry Kill and the Gophers open up year two with the start of camp on Saturday.
During the off season, Kill and the staff visited a number of programs to find different ideas that they may be able to mesh with philosophies that they already have in place.
“I think in any profession that you’re involved in, if you want to be the best at what you do, you better figure out how to be the best. We try and study the best programs in the country every year, or some program that’s very similar to us or fits what we’re trying to do."
"It’s like going to clinics. You may listen for three hours and get one idea that may help your program, but it’s worth it at the end of the day.”
The offensive staff, including quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski and receivers coach Pat Poore, visited the staff at Baylor in an effort to find a wrinkle that they may be able to use with dual threat quarterback MarQueis Gray.
The defensive staff went down to visit with Mississippi State and TCU, and Kill also invited a number of coaches and programs up to their campus to exchange ideas including Sonny Lubick and the staffs at Northern Illinois, Toledo, and Mississippi State.
“You are who you are. It’s like anything, you look at something that maybe can fit in to what you do. You don’t want to get a bunch of hodgepodge things that don’t fit into your [system]."
Kill also shared a few of the subjects that he was hungry to learn about from other coaches.
“One of my questions when I visit with head coaches is, ‘Tell me about your academics, tell me how many people you have in academics, how many tutors do you have? What are you doing with your strength program? What are you doing in recruiting? Social networking, how do you utilize that to help you? How are you dealing with player discipline?’ Those are a lot of things you ask.”