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Turner Gill Biography

Turner Gill was born August 13, 1962, in Fort Worth, Texas and is the head coach of the Buffalo Bulls college football team and is one of seven current African-American head coaches in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.

In 2008, Gill's Buffalo team continued its steady improvement, finishing the regular season 7-5 and winning the East division of the MAC. On December 5, Buffalo played #12 Ball State in the MAC Championship Game at Ford Field in Detroit. Ball State was heavily favored as it entered the game with a perfect 12-0 mark, while Buffalo came in off a home loss to Kent State that had ended a five-game winning streak. However, Buffalo scored two touchdowns on fumble returns and won the game 42-24, giving the school its first MAC championship. Following the victory, Buffalo accepted a bid to play in the International Bowl in nearby Toronto. This is the school's first bowl since joining the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision in 1999. This season has also seen Buffalo break its all-time scoring record, having numerous players break school career and single-season records and saw UB earn unprecedented national coverage with five appearances on the ESPN family of networks as the Bulls were 4-0 in those contests. Also, four of Buffalo's five losses this season (Pittsburgh, Missouri, Western Michigan, and Central Michigan) came against teams that have advanced to bowl games, with two of those teams ranked in the AP Top 25. With Gill's continued success at Buffalo, he once again became the focus of speculation about a possible move to a bigger program. Gill interviewed at Syracuse University, where he was passed over for Doug Marrone, the offensive coordinator for the NFL's New Orleans Saints who had no head coaching experience.

Gill also interviewed for the head coaching position at Auburn University, losing out to Iowa State head coach Gene Chizik. On December 15, former NBA superstar and Auburn player (he did not graduate from Auburn) Charles Barkley, who had previously endorsed Gill for the position, criticized Auburn's passing over of Gill in favor of Chizik, saying race was the No. 1 factor. You can say it's not about race, but you can't compare the two rsums and say [Chizik] deserved the job. Out of all the coaches they interviewed, Chizik probably had the worst rsum.

The following day, Buffalo announced that Gill had agreed to a contract extension and a raise. Gill's contract now runs through 2013 and makes him one of the highest-paid coaches in the MAC.

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