It's official: Tim Brewster 'relieved' of Gopher coaching duties


And there you have it.  The Tim Brewster era at Minnesota has officially come to an end.

Capping months upon months of speculation that intensified in recent days, Minnesota has announced that Brewster has been relieved of his head coaching duties effective immediately.

Brewster was informed of the decision this morning, and will be replaced on an interim basis by co-offensive coordinator Jeff Horton.

“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 Joel Maturi said in a statement. “We have high aspirations for our football program and we are not satisfied with its current direction. The results so far this season have been unacceptable and the program has simply not shown enough improvement over the past three and a half years to continue with the status quo.”

According to the release, Maturi said that he has had several discussions regarding the state of the program with university president Robert Bruininks in recent weeks and that the president was in complete agreement with the decision to remove Brewster as head coach.

Brewster, who was hired as Minnesota’s 26th head coach on Jan. 17, 2007, will be paid a buyout of $600,000 per the terms of a contract extension he signed in January of this year.

Brewster finishes his three-plus years at the school with an overall record of 15-30 and a Big Ten mark of 6-21.

While the release did not specify it, it’s believed a coaching search will commence immediately. Two names that will no doubt appear in most speculation will be former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino and former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach.