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Kansas hires new coach, Stanford coach staying

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The University of Kansas has named Turner Gill as its next head football coach. Gill, who will be introduced Monday at a noon (et) press conference, had been head coach at Buffalo for the past four seasons. The 47-year-old amassed a 20-30 record over that time, turning around a program that had only five total wins in the four years prior to his arrival. Gill twice earned MAC Coach of the Year honors, including in 2008, when Buffalo went 8-5 and beat Ball State in the MAC Championship. The Cardinals were ranked No. 12 at the time, and the win helped Buffalo earn its first ever bowl appearance -- a loss to Connecticut in the International Bowl. Gill replaces Mark Mangino, whose tenure as Kansas head coach came to a tumultuous end earlier this month. Mangino resigned from his position after an internal review commenced looking into alleged verbal and physical abuse of players. Mangino has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing regarding the allegations against him.

Stanford University has agreed to a three-year contract extension for head football coach Jim Harbaugh. Rumors of Harbaugh's departure swirled after a successful 8-4 record this season that saw the Cardinal advance to their first bowl game since 2001. Most notably, Harbaugh was linked to the previously open position at Kansas, but Sunday's announcement keeps him at Stanford through the 2014 season. The 45-year-old former NFL quarterback was hired in December 2006 after three sterling seasons as head coach at the University of San Diego at the Division I-AA level. Harbaugh has compiled a 17-19 mark over three seasons, and 2009 was Stanford's first winning campaign since 2001, highlighted by three wins against Top-25 teams in Washington, Oregon and USC. The Cardinal finished second in the Pac-10 at 6-3 and will face Oklahoma in the Sun Bowl on December 31.

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