Had a conversation with former Pittsburg State head coach Chuck Broyles this week. Broyles was the head coach at Pitt who hired Jerry Kill as his offensive coordinator. Kill, now the head coach at Minnesota, was part of the first-ever game in the Fargodome in 1993 when the Bison defeated the Gorillas 35-16. Here are some out-takes, if you will, of the interview.
- On the Fargodome game: “I remember Garth Brooks outdrew us the night before. It was loud. Beachy blew his knee out and we had a couple of guys hurt in that game. It was a hard-fought game. Of course, Jerry and I were novices at the time with noise indoors. About 18,000 screaming bunch of wild and crazy fans up there. It beat the first year we played them in 1990 when we had snowballs thrown at us.”
- On Jerry Kill: “It was a matter of time because he’s going to win. He’s going to outwork everybody. He’s a good recruiter. … We got to play Rocky and the Bison and I think they were something like 70-1 at home. That was discouraging. He has great work ethic and a passion for the game.”
- On the Rocky Hager days: “When you start playing some of those teams, you just kind of hate North Dakota State and North Dakota. But then after you meet Rocky and visit with him, you realize you have a lot in common. Coach Thomas at North Dakota and those guys; those were good hard-fought clean battles and the safest place in those games was at the bottom of the pile. You didn’t want to be standing around watching because somebody would hit somebody. You don’t ever get to be great friends but you respect everybody. I followed the Bison when they beat KU, oh boy, what a feather in their cap. I check the scores of the Bison every Sunday morning.”
- On Kill turning around the Gophers: “The competition level is pretty high in that conference. It all depends on the commitment from the university, that is always a plus. Coach Snyder turned around Kansas State and that is the most miraculous thing I’ve seen in my lifetime. It takes a lot of things to win. Jerry will recruit hard and I expect him to do well.”