Receivers coach McDonald departs from Minn.

Tim Brewster is beginning to echo himself. After defensive coordinator Ted Roof left for the same position at Auburn in early January, the second year head coach had this to say in the release: âÄúGood coaches are always going to be in demand and I wish Ted the best of luck in the future.âÄù Brewster said this Tuesday when he announced that wide receivers coach George McDonald was leaving for a position with the Cleveland Browns: âÄúGood people are always in high demand and George did a fantastic job for us here at the University of Minnesota. This is a tremendous opportunity for him to continue to grow as a coach and I wish him nothing but the best.âÄù McDonald, who came to the Gophers from the offensive coordinator post at Western Michigan, was one of BrewsterâÄôs initial hires when he assumed the reigns of the Minnesota football program in 2007. As wide receivers coach, he tutored the likes of former standout Ernie Wheelwright, who now plays with the Baltimore Ravens, and current star Eric Decker. The new hire will be charged with further developing the GophersâÄô promising wide receiving corps. Brandon Green, Brodrick Smith, Xzavian Brandon and DaâÄôJon McKnight all saw limited time as true freshmen last season, but will surely be expected to contribute in bigger ways next year to support Decker, who was keyed on by opposing defenses during 2008. Junior college transfer Hayo Carpenter and true freshmen Bryant Allen and Victor Keise will be added to the mix as well. According to the statement, a national search is underway and Brewster hopes to fill the position quickly.