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'Huskers interview Gill UB coach visited Nebraska officials Monday

University at Buffalo football coach Turner Gill interviewed with Nebraska officials early Monday morning, according to sources.

It is not clear where the interview was held, although Tom Osborne, Nebraska's interim athletics director, was in Atlanta on Monday where Parker Executive Search, the firm assisting Osborne in the search for a new coach, is located. Gill was in Florida and North Carolina recruiting Monday.

UB Athletics Director Warde Manuel on Monday said he did not know if Osborne interviewed Gill. On Sunday, Manuel granted Osborne permission to interview Gill, who led the Bulls to a 5-7 record and a share of the Mid-American Conference East Division championship.

Sources say Osborne plans to interview four candidates. LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini already interviewed for the position. Other potential candidates include Boise State's Chris Petersen, Cincinnati's Brian Kelly, Wake Forest's Jim Grobe and Texas Christian's Gary Patterson.

Then there's the possibility of other schools making a play for Gill. There are currently nine job openings at BCS schools, including Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Washington State.

"Turner would be a great hire for Nebraska," said former Nebraska assistant Ron Brown, a close friend of Gill's. "Turner is a special talent. I came up to watch him work and he has a strong presence with the players. They listen to everything he says and they love him."

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