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December 4, 2007

FOOTBALL: Gill has ‘every plan’ to stay at UB

AMHERST — Turner Gill finally responded to the chants.

The student fans at last Thursday’s University at Buffalo basketball game feared their football coach would soon leave before fulfilling his commitment to build a winning program.

“Turner stay,” they cried. “Turner stay!”

Gill said Tuesday what UB fans have been waiting weeks to hear, announcing he plans to be remain the Bulls’ coach for the “foreseeable future” at the onset of his season-ending press conference at UB Stadium.

In a prepared statement, Gill thanked God for the opportunity to interview for the head coaching vacancy at Nebraska, where he was first revered as a star quarterback and later as an assistant coach.

“Most people would think it would be a great fit for me to be at Nebraska but it just wasn’t meant to be at this time,” he said. “The fit here at Buffalo, however, has turned out very well.”

Tom Osborne, Gill’s mentor and the Cornhuskers’ interim athletic director , announced Monday that LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini had been hired to replace Bill Callahan.

Gill, who also announced he is currently discussing a contract extension with UB, had also been rumored to be a candidate for vacancies at other schools, notably Washington State. He said he did not formally interview anywhere but Nebraska, but was contacted by at least one other program.

“There are only a handful of schools that I’d be interested in going to but I plan on staying here,” he said. “I’m not a coach that likes to jump around. You never say never, but I have every plan to stay here with my wife and kids.”

Gill, who holds a degree in behavioral analysis, said he has a passion for molding 18- to 22-year-old men, more so than climbing to the top of the coaching mountain.

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