Jayhawks Notebook: Gill’s return to Lincoln

By Aaron Cede�o
November 8, 2010

When Turner Gill made the decision to return to the Big 12 as the head coach at the University of Kansas, many Jayhawks fans immediately circled the Nov. 13 match-up with Nebraska on the calendar.

Everyone familiar with Big 8/Big 12 football knows why. Gill is one of the most successful alums in the history of Nebraska football, having quarterbacked the Huskers to a 28-2 record during his three-year career as a starter and finishing fourth in the voting for the 1983 Heisman Trophy.

Adding to the drama is the knowledge that this will be the only time Gill has the opportunity to coach against his alma mater in the Big 12, as Nebraska heads to the Big 10 beginning next season.

However, the coach himself insists this game is no different than any other.

“It’s not about me, it’s about our football team,” Gill said. We’re just excited to have another opportunity to play a game, improve as a football team and get a win.”

The Jayhawks are coming off one of the most dramatic fourth-quarter comebacks in NCAA history in their 52-45 win over Colorado Saturday. With the ups and downs the program has experienced this season, Gill said the win showed his the character of his players.

“To have our guys respond the way they responded in the fourth quarter, really the whole game, but then in the fourth quarter, to go out and play with a relentless approach and a relentless attitude about doing their job, I’m proud of them,” he explained.

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