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Multiple sources are now reporting that Minnesota fired football coach Tim Brewster on Sunday morning, just one day after the Golden Gophers lost to Purdue to fall to 1-6. Offensive coordinator Jeff Horton will serve as interim head coach the remainder of the season. A press conference will be held at 1 p.m. CT.

Brewster went 15-30 at Minnesota in 3 1/2 seasons, including a 6-21 mark in the Big Ten. His buyout is $600,000.

“While I appreciate the passion and commitment that coach Brewster has shown, it is clear that a change in the leadership of Gopher football is necessary,” athletic director Maturi said in a statement.

Cory Roufs of @1500ESPN in Minneapolis/St. Paul reports that Minnesota officials informed Tim Brewster after today’s loss at Purdue that he will not return next season. The report also says that Brewster is expcted to coach the Gophers for the remainder of the season.

However, Marcus Fuller of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that in the post-game press conference Brewster denied that Minnesota officials has talked to him about his future.

Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi, who watched the game from a stadium suite, didn’t come down to the locker room area and wasn’t available after the game. The Gophers’ communications staff said nothing had changed from Friday, when they couldn’t confirm or deny the report on Brewster’s future.


Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi

Doogie Wolfson of @1500ESPN in Minneapolis has compiled a list of 30 potential replacements for Minnesota coach Tim Brewster if/when he is relieved of his duties. I would generously describe this as a brainstorm session and not even close to a realistic list of candidates. Many of them seem to make no sense at all, but nonetheless, it seems obvious that Minnesota will make a move sometime between today and Nov. 27, so here we go:  

Minnesota grad, Tony Dungy, Georgia coach Mark Richt, Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, Boise State coach Chris Petersen, Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, Temple coach Al Golden, UConn coach Randy Edsall, UFL coach and former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski, San Diego State coach Brady Hoke, former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, former Kansas coach Mark Mangino, former Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer, former USF coach Jim Leavitt, former Oregon coach Mike Belloti, Houston coach Kevin Sumlin, Columbia coach and Minnesota grad Norries Wilson, former Minnesota QB and Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman, Ole Miss OC and Minnesota native Mike Markuson, Vikings OC Darrell Bevell, Ravens QB coach and former Minnesota assistant Jim Zorn, former Ravens coach and former Vikings OC Brian Billick, Wisconsin OC Paul Chryst, Alabama DC Kirby Smart, Alabama OC Jim McElwin, Nebraska DC Carl Pelini, Oklahoma DC Brent Venables, Michigan State OC Don Tradwell, Oklahoma OC Kevin Wilson, Florida assistant and former Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney and Clemson DC and former Baylor coach Kevin Steele.’s Adam Rittenberg concludes “it wouldn’t cost Minnesota too much to make a change.”

Rittenberg notes that 1) Tim Brewster signed an extension this winter through the 2013 season, but his buyout was significantly lowered, 2) If Minnesota fires Brewster without just cause, it only owes him half of his $400,000 base salaries. His previous deal required the school to pay his full base salaries, and 3) Brewster’s salary didn’t increase with the new contract, as he receives $1 million, including supplemental and deferred compensation.

The University of Minnesota will not confirm or deny a report from 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis that Minnesota must win on Saturday to save Tim Brewster’s job, according to Marcus Fuller of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The radio station reported today that the university has drafted a press release and a media plan to put into action if the Gophers lose to Purdue on Saturday.

“You know my response,” Maturi wrote in an e-mail to the Pioneer Press, but did not elaborate. In recent weeks, Maturi has said he would not discuss Brewster publicly.

Gophers spokesman Garry Bowman wrote in an e-mail to the Pioneer Press, “I can’t confirm or deny anything in ESPN 1500’s report. All I can tell you is that Tim Brewster is our head football coach until Joel Maturi or Tim Brewster decide otherwise.”

Brewster signed a new contract after last season that extended his deal to 2013, but his buyout was rewritten.


Sporting News’ Tom Dienhart has confirmed that Minnesota AD Joel Maturi has recently met with Tim Brewster’s representatives.  (link)

Tubby must wonder what is going on all around him.

Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune outlines his four step plan for Minnesota football, which includes 1) firing Tim Brewster, 2) hiring Glen Mason as a temp, 3) firing athletic director Joel Maturi, and 4) consider hiring either former Gopher QB Marc Trestman, currently the coach of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, Mason on a permanent basis or Houston’s Kevin Sumlin.