Brewster gets 2-year extension

Gophers football head coach Tim Brewster agreed to a two-year contract extension with the University of Minnesota on Friday.

Brewster gets 2-year extension

Michael Rietmulder

Gophers football head coach Tim Brewster agreed to a two-year contract extension with the University of Minnesota on Friday. Terms of the deal will not be disclosed until the contract is signed, which Athletics Director Joel Maturi expects will be done this week. âÄúCoach Brewster and I have a shared vision for the future of Gopher football, and I believe he has earned the opportunity to guide this program where we all want it to go,âÄù Maturi said in a press release. Brewster originally signed a five-year contract with the University in 2007, worth $1 million per year. The extension would keep Brewster at Minnesota through the 2013 season. In December, Maturi publicly said he would offer Brewster an extension, aiding recruiting efforts by ensuring BrewsterâÄôs stay with the program. The announcement of the deal comes just days before national signing day Feb. 3. The Gophers recently hired their third offensive coordinator in as many years after Jedd Fisch departed to become quarterbacks coach with the Seattle Seahawks. Fans and critics have cited the lack of continuity among the coaching staff as an impediment to on-field success âÄî a factor Maturi himself has acknowledged. Senior linebacker Lee Campbell also recognizes the importance of coaching permanence in forging a successful program. âÄúWith all the coaching changes, stability hasnâÄôt really been MinnesotaâÄôs strongest point, so itâÄôs nice to see that Coach BrewsterâÄôs getting to stay there and getting to continue to build this program,âÄù Campbell said. In his three seasons at the University, Brewster has led the Gophers to a 14-24 record and consecutive Insight Bowl berths. The team went 3-5 in conference play this season, finishing eighth in the Big Ten. Despite this seasonâÄôs losing record (6-7 overall), Campbell has nothing but praise for Brewster, whom he describes as a âÄúplayersâÄô coach.âÄù Campbell said he has enjoyed playing for Brewster and is happy to hear the University extended his contract. âÄúCoach BrewsterâÄôs doing a great job, and he really cares about his players, so itâÄôs good to see that heâÄôs getting an opportunity to take the Gopher Nation to Pasadena,âÄù Campbell said. Brewster thanked University President Bob Bruininks and Maturi for the extension in a press release. âÄúOur goal is to build a championship-caliber program,âÄù Brewster said in the release. âÄúWe are extremely committed to making that happen, and this extension is a very positive step in helping us move toward that goal.âÄù