Kill has high academic incentives, receives $1.1m per year

** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS AUG. 20 - 21 ** Southern Illinois University-Carbondale head football coach Jerry Kill talks with his players following practice on the campus, Carbondale, Ill., Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005. Kill has lead his football team to back-to-back 10-2 seasons and the Salukis were ranked atop the Division 1-AA for several weeks last year and are again favored to win the conference and vie for their first national title in 22 years. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)

** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS AUG. 20 – 21 ** Southern Illinois University-Carbondale head football coach Jerry Kill talks with his players following practice on the campus, Carbondale, Ill., Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005. Kill has lead his football team to back-to-back 10-2 seasons and the Salukis were ranked atop the Division 1-AA for several weeks last year and are again favored to win the conference and vie for their first national title in 22 years. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)

Josh Katzenstein

The next Minnesota football coach will not be the richest headman in the Big Ten, but he stands to make a killing if the Gophers are competitive on the field and in the classroom.

Over the weekend, Jerry Kill was offered a five-year deal to become MinnesotaâÄôs 27th head football coach by Athletics Director Joel Maturi. The deal has not yet been finalized.

Kill will earn $1.1 million per year, an annual salary ranking no better than 10th in the Big Ten. Northwestern is a private institution, so coach Pat FitzgeraldâÄôs exact annual income isnâÄôt public knowledge. While at Northern Illinois, Kill made only $381,000 per year.

Indiana announced the signing of head coach Kevin Wilson Tuesday to a seven-year deal worth $1.2 million per season.

The major difference between Tim BrewsterâÄôs original contract and KillâÄôs offer letter is where the larger bonuses lie. Kill can make more than Brewster, who was fired on Oct. 17, with better academic success, but Brewster wouldâÄôve made more with wins.

Victories will still be where Kill can make his best bread, with the top prize being a national title.

An appearance in the BCS National Championship game would net Kill $150,000 and a win would earn him another $50,000, according to the offer.

That number is substantially lower than it was for Brewster. If Brewster won a national title, he wouldâÄôve earned an extra $350,000 on top of his $1 million annual salary.

If the Gophers win their six-team division when Nebraska joins the Big Ten next year, he will earn $100,000. He can make another $50,000 if Minnesota wins the conference title game. Brewster stood to earn $200,000 for a conference title.

With a 10-3 record at Northern Illinois this season, Kill has proven to be a winner, but his players also succeeded in the classroom, something that drew Maturi to the new coach. For fiscal year 2009, the academic progress rate of KillâÄôs team was a 997. Repeating that at Minnesota would earn him an extra $75,000, $25,000 more than the terms of BrewsterâÄôs contract.

Both coachesâÄô signed on for five years, and Brewster signed a two-year extension in February. Per terms of that extension, Brewster received a $600,000 buyout after he was dismissed with three years left on his contract.

If Kill is terminated early without cause, he would receive half of his total salary for each remaining year on his contract, according to the offer.