And that’s that …

University at Buffalo President John Simpson and UB Athletic Director Warde Manuel named Turner Gill the 23rd head football coach at University at Buffalo on Dec. 16, 2005. Gill signed a contract extention to continue being the head coach at Buffalo on Dec. 16, 2008. (File photo by Paul Hokanson)

University at Buffalo President John Simpson and UB Athletic Director Warde Manuel named Turner Gill the 23rd head football coach at University at Buffalo on Dec. 16, 2005. Gill signed a contract extension to continue being the head coach at Buffalo on Dec. 16, 2008. (File photo by Paul Hokanson)

Three years, to the day, that Turner Gill was announced as head coach at University at Buffalo, he signed a contract extension to continue coaching the Bulls.

Today the school and Gill announced that Gill would stay on as head coach for the Bulls with a contract extension that will go through the 2013 season.

Gill will receive a pay raise — as will his assistants — which will make him one of the highest paid coaches in the Mid-American Conference.

“On the day I came here to be the head coach I told my team that one day we would be successful here at the University at Buffalo,” Gill said in a statement.

“Now, more than ever, I have never been more proud to be the head coach of this program at this great academic institution. This program has proven it can win now and it is built to continue to win in the future. I am grateful to president John Simpson and athletic director Warde Manuel for their continued support and faith in me as a football coach and leader of young men.”

Gill has been mentioned for job openings at Syracuse, Auburn and Iowa State. He has a record of 15-22 in three years coaching the Bulls — a team that had won a total of 10 games in the seven years prior to Gill taking over.

“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of Turner, his coaching staff and his team,” Manuel said. “They have brought unprecedented attention to the University at Buffalo and have been great ambassadors for the school. I am thrilled that Turner will remain as our head coach, and with President John Simpson, am elated to reward him and his staff for their efforts.”

This obviously means that Gill will be withdrawing his name from any more head coaching vacancies this year, although with another good year at Buffalo he will be a hot commodity next year around this time.

I’m happy for Gill and his accomplishments, there are few coaches out there who will work as hard for their team and for their community as Gill will. He’s been a class act wherever he has coached, and he’s shown it while coaching the Bulls.

On a personal note: I’m also happy the rumors of him going to Iowa State — which I had heard from very credible sources — will now go away. As a Nebraska native — and UNL Journalism School graduate — I never want to see Gill coaching at a rival of NU.

Paterno given extention

Joe Paterno turns 82 years old on Sunday, and he’ll be celebrating this birthday in style.

In this Sept. 20, 2008 file photo, Penn State coach Joe Paterno coaches the first half of NCAA college football game against Temple in State College, Pa. Paterno has a new three-year contract extension to go along with his new hip. The Hall of Famer and winningest coach in major college football history has agreed to a new deal with the university, the athletic department said Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 in a statement. (AP)

In this Sept. 20, 2008 file photo, Penn State coach Joe Paterno coaches the first half of NCAA college football game against Temple in State College, Pa. Paterno has a new three-year contract extension to go along with his new hip. The Hall of Famer and winningest coach in major college football history has agreed to a new deal with the university, the athletic department said Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 in a statement. (AP)

The coach was on the last year of his previous contract and had expressed his desire to return to Penn State for more football. An institution for the college, it’s not like they could just let him go — especially after an 11-1 season and a trip to the Rose Bowl.

The contract will run through 2011 and will provide “for the opportunity of Coach Joe Paterno leading the football program through the 2011 season,” the school said in their statement.

Paterno is the winningest coach in major college football history.

Oklahoma to play without Murray

Oklahoma announced today that star running back DeMarco Murry would be unable to play against Florida in the BCS Championship Game on Jan. 8, 2009.

Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray (7) carries for a touchdown against Nebraska in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008. (AP)

Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray (7) carries for a touchdown against Nebraska in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008. (AP)

Murray was injured during the opening kickoff of the Big 12 Championship, and didn’t return during the game.

Originally the OU coaching staff thought it was just a deep bruise, but upon further investigation it was found out that Murray blew out his hamstring and will need surgery.

Murray’s surgery is scheduled for Dec. 22, 2008. The school said that according to head trainer Scott Anderson, it will be about five months before Murray is cleared to resume training.

Murray was a beast this season, accounting for 18 touchdowns and 1,397 total yards.

Oklahoma will use running backs Chris Brown (1,110 yards rushing and 20 TDs) and Mossis Madu (463 yards rushing and 6 TDs) to replace the injured Murray.

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