MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The University of Minnesota says it has signed Tracy Claeys to a three-year contract as head football coach.

Claeys succeeds his friend Jerry Kill, who resigned his position on Oct. 28 due to health reasons. Claeys was named interim head coach following Kill's resignation. Claeys was hired by Kill as defensive coordinator in 2010.

Claeys was also acting head coach in 2013 for seven games and led the Gophers to a 4-3 mark, which included consecutive wins against Northwestern, Nebraska, Indiana and Penn State.