Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh has signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the Cardinal through 2014.
Athletic director Bob Bowlsby confirmed yesterday that the deal was completed Saturday, but the official announcement was put on hold until after the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Cardinal running back Toby Gerhart finished a close second to Alabama's Mark Ingram.
Harbaugh is finishing his third season at Stanford. He guided the 19th-ranked Cardinal (8-4) to their first bowl bid in eight years. They will face Oklahoma (7-5) in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31.
Harbaugh was one of a long string of successful quarterbacks at Michigan and was the 26th pick overall in the 1987 draft, going to the Chicago Bears. He is the brother of Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, a former Eagles assistant.
Gill takes over Jayhawks.As a smooth option quarterback in the early 1980s, Turner Gill was the difference-maker for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, helping free them from Oklahoma's long domination of the Big Eight. Later as an assistant coach, he helped lead Nebraska to the 1994 national championship.
Kansas made Gill's hiring official yesterday and will formally introduce him as the successor to Mark Mangino this morning.
Mangino, the most successful Kansas coach in 100 years, resigned Dec. 3 after a two-week investigation into alleged mistreatment of players. After starting 5-0, Kansas finished 5-7 this year.
Just two years earlier, Mangino had been the national coach of the year following a 12-1 campaign and a victory in the Orange Bowl.
Gill, 47, was the Mid-American Conference coach of the year in 2007 and 2008 at Buffalo. He guided the Bulls to the MAC championship in 2008 and their first bowl game in half a century.
He was the first man Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins interviewed after Mangino resigned. Gill is the first African American coach Kansas has had in a revenue-producing sport and will be the only black head football coach in the Big Twelve.