As a head coach, there is no right way or easy way to inform your players that you are accepting another job.
Jerry Kill explained the entire difficult situation, hour-by-hour, as he made the decision and informed his team that he had accepting the head coaching job at Minnesota.
Props to the guys at HuskyWire.com , who surely had a great relationship with Kill to get this interview. Important note…beware of end-of-the-year banquets. If you are looking for a job, they aren’t your answer.
Kill says, "Well, it's a situation that I met with them Saturday night in Chicago, somewhere around 7 p.m. and we visited for a long time with the (Minnesota) president and the athletic director. We came back driving home, I guess it was around 11 p.m., we talked, and I knew that I had the job offered to me.”
"(My wife) Rebecca and I had a chance to visit about it afterward and those are critical decisions. In college football, and just so everybody knows, it's no different than what Northern Illinois did when I was at Southern (Illinois). We lost a game at Southern (in 2007) and got beat by Delaware, and Northern was visiting with me the very next morning. That's just how this crazy profession is. In our profession, you have to make decisions that are lifelong decisions in a matter of hours, and it's very difficult. I got home late that night, visited with (NIU athletic director Jeff) Compher.”
"We had recruits in on Sunday, which is awkward.”
"So I did the best I could. I didn't have any guides. I'm not an expert on how to handle those situations.”