KU's Gill To Make Appearance During Kansas Sports Museum's Grand Opening

Jan. 22, 2010

NEWTON, Kan. – University of Kansas head football coach Turner Gill will be part of the festivities during the Grand Opening of the Kansas Sports Museum in Newton, Kan. on Jan. 30-31.

Gill, who was officially named the head coach at KU on Dec. 14, will make an appearance at the museum from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31.

The 47-year-old Gill came to Kansas after spending four seasons as the head coach at Buffalo University where he was named the MAC Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008. As an assistant coach at Nebraska from 1992-2004, Gill was part of three national championship teams (1994, 95 and 97). He coached 2001 Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch and First-Team All-American Tommie Frazier. He was named a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach, in 2002 and ESPN.com named him one of the nation’s top-10 recruiters in 2000 and 2001.

As the starting quarterback at Nebraska from 1981-83, Gill led the Cornhuskers to a 28-2 record and a 20-0 mark in Big Eight Conference play, three straight Big Eight Conference championships and three consecutive Orange Bowls. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 1983 when teammate Mike Rozier claimed the honor, a three-time All-Big Eight selection and was named the quarterback of the Big Eight Conference All-Decade Team (1980-89).

Gill has been inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame and the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame. He also spent three seasons in the minor league baseball systems of the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians.

The Kansas Sports Museum, a division of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, will hold its Grand Opening on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 31, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The first 50 children through the door on Saturday will receive a mini basketball or football with a KSHOF logo. Raffle, door prizes, discounts on admission and in the gift shop will also be part of the festivities as well as celebrity guests.

The museum is located two miles south of Newton (exit 28) on I-135 in the Chisholm Trail Center.

For more information, call the Kansas Sports Museum at 316-804-4686 or go to www.kshof.org.