Football: Offensive, Defensive Coordinators Resign

Trevor Born

Shortly after the morning announcement of offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar resigning, the Gophers are now saying that defensive coordinator Ted Roof has left the program to take a “similar position” at Auburn. There had been rumors of Roof going to Auburn for a while, after a successful year with the Gophers. The defense, which Roof simplified, went from being dead last in the nation in 2007 to middle of the pack in the Big Ten, and holding Indiana and Purdue to seven and six points, respectively.

Dunbar’s resignation hints that the Gophers will continue the offensive direction they showed in an Insight Bowl loss.

 Brewster brought Dunbar with him to the program when he was hired before last season, and together they installed a "spread-coast offense," which emphasized spreading the field horizontally and operating out of the shotgun formation.

The Gophers finished ninth out of 11 teams in scoring offense in the Big Ten this year, and after finishing the season with a 55-0 loss to Iowa, Brewster brought in Tim Davis as their new offensive line coach. With Davis came a new, under-center offensive scheme unveiled against in the Insight Bowl. It didn’t work great against a less-than-spectacular Kansas defense, but the resignation suggests the offense may continue in that direction. 

"Coach Dunbar has contributed a great deal to this program over the past two years and I would like to thank him for his efforts," head coach Tim Brewster said in a release.

Brewster will head up a national search for new coordinators, though no he has no timetable, according to the release.