Kill wishes bowls didn’t affect redshirts

Published 8:48 am Thursday, November 15, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota second-year football coach Jerry Kill has more than 20 players who could redshirt. With just two regular-season games left, against Nebraska and Michigan State, Kill has no plans to use any of those players.

The Gophers’ six victories have made the team bowl eligible. If it were up to Kill, who is a member of the NCAA football rules committee, a redshirt player would be allowed to play in a bowl game and not lose a year of eligibility.

“You’d like to have it happen, I can tell you that, because it makes a lot of sense because there’s a lot of people going to bowl games all beat up,” Kill said this week.

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Kill said NCAA coaches have discussed the issue, but legislation could take awhile. He said he’ll be a proponent at the annual coaches’ convention.

“A lot of basketball coaches have done a great job with their sport,” he said. “Football coaches, we gotta get caught up, to be honest with you, because from recruiting, the whole thing, basketball is different than football is right now.”