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Minnesota Football Coaching Search: Tracy Claeys Named Gophers Head Coach

Claeys will have a chance now to continue to build what his predecessor and lifelong friend and colleague Jerry Kill started.

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It was announced earlier this morning via press release that interim head coach and defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys has signed a 3-year contract to be the new head football coach at the University of Minnesota. With the amount of high profile openings across the college football landscape, this is the right move for the Gophers, especially with no permanent athletic director in place. It avoids the potential shake-up and roster attrition of a new hire -- not to mention the uncertainty of a national coaching search -- and allows the staff currently in place to continue to build from the foundation that they've been laying for the past five years now.

The Gophers are in good hands with Claeys and crew.

More details from Twitter:

To check out the full press release, click here.