May 16th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

Jerry Kill, the man now in charge of Saluki athletics, promised to hit the ground running when he assumed the jump two weeks ago, has, not-surprisingly, kept his word. Less than two weeks in the corner office at Lingle Hall, Kill hired Grant Williams as the first women’s soccer coach in SIU history. Granted, Kill wasn’t personally responsible for the hire. Shortly before his dismissal, former athletic director Tommy Bell said a hiring was imminent. Kill, like Bell before him, will be operating under serious financial constraints. The recent two-year state budget standoff put long-range planning on hold, leaving some programs to raise money on their own. In his initial press conference, Kill expressed his surprise that some of SIU’s programs experience success considering their operating budgets. – Les Winkeler, The Southern. Read More.

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