MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Kansas State has hired former Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill as an associate athletic director, where he will work closely with coach Bill Snyder's football program.

Kill grew up in Kansas and was a high school coach in Missouri before becoming a college coach at Pittsburg (Kan.) State and Emporia State. But he made his name at Northern Illinois and Minnesota, where he led the long-downtrodden Gophers back to respectability.

He decided to retire from coaching last October because of his health. Kill has epilepsy and is prone to seizures, several of which had happened while he was on the sideline.

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Kill insisted Tuesday that ''my coaching days are over'' and that he was happy to begin a new phase of his career in administration in his home state.