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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Turner Gill

(Born August 13, 1962) -- There are two places where you won’t hear anything bad about Turner Gill. One is in Nebraska. The other is in Buffalo.

Gill grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and was an excellent all-around athlete. In fact he was a high draft pick out of high school by the Chicago White Sox. Owner Bill Veeck couldn’t sign Gill drew to a dispute over $5,000, and Gill headed to Nebraska to play football.

He saw a little playing time as a true freshman at quarterback in 1980, and was put into action for the second half of a 1981 game against Auburn. Gill led the Cornhuskers to victory, and Nebraska ran through the rest of the Big Eight season unbeaten. It was more of the same in the next two years, as Gill had a 28-2 record as a starter for the Huskers.

Gill went into coaching from there, first at Nebraska. He landed a job with the Green Bay Packers as director of player development, and thus it was a surprise when he was hired as the head coach at the University at Buffalo in Dec. 2005. In his third year, the Bulls won a conference championship and played in their first-ever bowl game.

Gill stayed one more year, and then left for Kansas. He spent two years there before losing his job with a 5-19 record. Gill landed at Liberty University.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.