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Nebraska quarterback great Turner Gill has joined Arkansas' football staff as executive director of student-athlete and staff development.

According to a news release from the school, Gill will provide direct oversight for football student-athlete programming designed to foster leadership, personal accountability, social development, academic direction, self-identity and awareness along with emotional intelligence. He will also provide guidance and development to the coaching and support staffs while engaging the Arkansas community and Razorbacks football alumni.

“Adding someone with Turner’s experience and knowledge to our staff is going to provide a tremendous boost for our student-athletes and our staff,” Arkansas second-year head coach Chad Morris said. “From his time as a player at Nebraska to working in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers to serving as a head coach, he has so much to offer our athletes, coaches and staff. We’re excited for him to be a Razorback and have him help build our culture.”

Gill retired as Liberty's head coach in December, saying he was leaving the coaching profession. He made three stops as a head coach beginning at Buffalo in 2006. He led the Bulls to the school’s first Mid-American Conference championship and bowl game while also recruiting Khalil Mack to campus. Gill coached at Kansas for two seasons before taking over a Liberty program transitioning from FCS to FBS. The Flames won four conference championships and earned the program’s first-ever FCS playoff berth before moving into the FBS level, where the team became just the ninth team in NCAA history to win six or more games in its first FBS season.

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Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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