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Jerry Kill has the Minnesota football program going in a pretty great direction, and the school has rewarded him for his rapid turnaround job.

The university announced Friday that Kill received a one-year contract extension, which will keep him as the team's head coach through the 2019 season.

Kill has turned in back-to-back impressive eight-win seasons, two of the just 19 seasons of at least eight wins in the program's long history.

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Last season, Kill was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year after the Gophers came within a win of reaching the Big Ten Championship Game, and that's what Kill & Co. have their sights set on this season.

Kill has also done a good job cranking out NFL talent. He's had six players drafted in the last two years: Ra'Shede Hageman, Brock Vereen, Maxx Williams, Damien Wilson, David Cobb and Cedric Thompson.