Gill, 47, is bringing Chuck Long and Carl Torbush with him, according to the Kansas City Star. Long, the former San Diego State coach, will serve as offensive coordinator under Gill. Torbush, currently the defensive coordinator at Mississippi State, will have the same position at Kansas.
The hiring of Gill drew this response from Star columnist Jason Whitlock, a former player at Ball State:
"As a black member of the media, I know what I'm expected to do today — shout that Gill's hiring as Kansas' new football coach is a bold step for college football mankind, a terrific hire by [athletic director] Lew Perkins and the culmination of Martin Luther King's dream.
"The problem is, unlike most of Gill's prominent supporters in the media, I've actually watched his Buffalo Bulls play numerous times. Never once have I been impressed. Not even on the night when Gill's Bulls ended my then-12th-ranked Ball State Cardinals' Cinderella season with a shocking 42-24 victory in the 2008 MAC championship game.
"That victory — the product of Ball State's five-turnover, sleepwalk performance and questionable officiating — turned Gill into Charles Barkley's favorite candidate to replace Tommy Tuberville at Auburn and the darling of the black press.
Whitlock added: "Look, I'm not a still-bitter fan. I'm an informed one. Most of the people championing Gill as college football's Tony Dungy just haven't seen his teams play. I have. It's not pretty.
"In 2008, he won the MAC East with a 5-3 record in a year when the MAC's four best teams all played in the West. It was the equivalent of winning the Big 12 North in 2009, the difference being Nebraska won the North with a Bo Pelini-crafted defense."
Gill had a 20-30 record at Buffalo. He took over a program in 2005 that was 10-69 since becoming a member of Division I-A in 1999.
Several coaches tried to use the Kansas opening as leverage to get a better deal from their current employer. Houston Nutt talked with Perkins, then quickly proclaimed his love for Oxford after word leaked of the conversation. Minnesota's Tim Brewster somehow got his name in the mix, even though there was no interest on Kansas' end.
Jim Harbaugh was reportedly targeted by Perkins, but it was announced Saturday that the Stanford coach had signed a new contract.