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Minnesota signs interim coach Tracy Claeys to three-year contract
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Minnesota signs interim coach Tracy Claeys to three-year contract
Wednesday November 11th, 2015

Minnesota has named Tracy Claeys head coach on a three-year contract, the school announced Wednesday.

Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports Claeys will make $4.5 million over the three years of his deal.

Claeys was formerly the associate head coach and acted as interim head coach after Jerry Kill abruptly retired due to health concerns in late October.

“This certainly is not the way anyone wants to become a head coach,” Claeys said in a statement. “Coach Kill is one of my best friends and I am thankful that he took a chance on me 21 years ago. I am looking forward to continuing what we have built at Minnesota, but will do so in my own way. One thing that won’t change will be our relentless pursuit to field a team that will make the state of Minnesota proud.”

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Claeys worked under Kill for 21 years, including the past five at Minnesota. He was nominated for the Frank Broyles Award, given to college football's top assistant coach, each of the last two years. 

In Claeys’s time as interim coach, the Gophers (4–5) lost to Michigan and Ohio State.

Minnesota will face Iowa on the road at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday.

- Erin Flynn

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