No I am not talking about some self promoting defensive coordinator without any kind of head coaching experience, who is on all out campaign mode for the head coaching position at UCLA. I am talking about Turner Gill, the head coach at University of Buffalo, who came very close to becoming the head coach at University of Nebraska, and who is under consideration for the position at University of Michigan.
DumpDorrell.com serves up the right pitch:
More on his efforts this year: During the season Tuner Gill's team took on a highly ranked Rutgers team and highly ranked Penn State. They lost those games but scored a respectable 24 points on Penn State before losing 45-24. Buffalo took on big programs in their out-of-conference schedule and ended the season 5-7. For his efforts in changing the fortunes of Buffalo in such short order Gill was named MAC Coach of the Year. He has not had a winning season, but to win in his conference after a decade of last place finishes is noteworthy.
What Turner Gill did with a horrible program is worth praising. And he is going about rising through the college coaching ranks the right way - as so many champion head coaches have done - he is proving it at a smaller program first. And, it bears noting, Turner Gill is black. Gill did not automatically presume that he was entitled to a shot at a big name program for his first HC gig, like some coaches. He went out and proved he deserved a shot ... and he proved it in 2 short years. That is why he is now being interviewed for Michigan's job.