Is head coaching in Jerry Kill’s future? TCU’s interim coach linked to New Mexico State

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TCU interim coach Jerry Kill joked that he didn’t have to take part in a postgame news conference. After all, TCU had just concluded its season with a 48-14 loss at Iowa State on Friday.

“We’re done,” Kill said, “so I really don’t have to be in here, but I’m a classy guy.”

And a guy who could return to a head coaching job permanently.

Sources indicate that Kill is expected to become New Mexico State’s head coach. The Aggies are not expected to retain Doug Martin, and Kill is the school’s top target, as FootballScoop reported earlier this week.

Asked if head coaching was in his future, Kill smiled and said: “We’ll see. I would say that anything is possible in the future. I concentrated on our young people, and all of our guys did. We’ll see what happens over the next few days.”

Kill took over TCU on an interim basis when the school and longtime coach Gary Patterson parted ways on Oct. 31. The Frogs went 2-2 under Kill.

Kill seems like a solid hire for a New Mexico State program that is transitioning to Conference USA before the 2023 season. He has a reputation as a program-builder.

Additionally, Kill and New Mexico State athletic director Mario Moccia have a long history together. Kill and Moccia crossed paths at Southern Illinois in 2006-07 when Kill served as the head football coach and Moccia was the AD.

Kill, 60, has not served as a full-time head coach since stepping down at Minnesota due to health reasons during the 2015 season. But he’s changed his lifestyle and recently said he has a better understanding of how to approach the head coach position in more of a CEO-type role after observing how different programs are run.

Kill has spent time at Kansas State, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and TCU since stepping down at Minnesota.

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