Gill was only in year two as coach of the Jayhawks, winning just two games this season and losing every conference game.
"After a thorough evaluation of our football program, I have concluded that new leadership is necessary to place us on the path toward competing for championships in the Big 12 Conference," KU Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger said in a statement. "I come to this conclusion reluctantly, because I have the utmost respect for Turner Gill as a quality individual who wants only the best for the young men he coaches."
Gill's $2,101,200 salary was the fifth-highest in the Big 12. KU fans can thank ex-AD Lew Perkins for that. KU will pay the remaining three years of Gill's contract.
Gill's overall record was 5-19 with just one conference win in two years, coming over Colorado. Gill had to go. Two years may not seem long enough, and there are plenty of examples of coaches pulling it together after rough starts. But KU under Gill didn't look like a program that could pull it together.
ESPN.com name-drops ex-Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, former South Florida coach Jim Leavitt, Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora and Houston coach Kevin Sumlin.
The Star notes that Zenger has links to Leach and Leavitt. Leach would be a bombshell hiring.