Gophers make changes to offensive staff

Ben Gotz

By Mike Hendrickson

Minnesota offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Matt Limegrover and quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Jim Zebrowski will not have their contracts renewed, head coach Tracy Claeys announced Sunday.

Limegrover and Zebrowski had been in their roles with the Gophers since former head coach Jerry Kill took over in 2011.

“I have decided to make a change that will better fit my offensive philosophy, which is to have one coordinator calling the plays,” Claeys said in a press release.

Limegrover had served alongside Claeys and Kill since 1999, when the three were coaches together at Emporia State.

Zebrowski had been with the staff since Kill hired him at Northern Illinois in 2010.

The Gophers season is likely finished after their loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. The team is 5-7 this year after back-to-back 8-5 seasons. Minnesota finished second to last in the Big Ten in points per game this season, and eighth in the conference in total passing yards.

Claeys, previously the team’s defensive coordinator, took over the team on an interim basis on Oct. 28 after Kill resigned due to health reasons. He was named the permanent head coach and given a three-year contract on Nov. 11.