Here is a press release from the University of Minnesota:
Legendary University of Minnesota football coach Murray Warmath passed away Wednesday at age 98 in Bloomington, Minn. Warmath led the Golden Gophers to a national championship and went to two Rose Bowls in his 18-year tenure with Minnesota.
Jerry Kill has been named head coach of the University of Minnesota football program. Minnesota Director of Athletics Joel Maturi announced the signing of Kill to a five-year contract Sunday night.
Kill comes to Minnesota after spending the last three seasons on the sidelines at Northern Illinois University. Kill has led the Huskies to three consecutive bowl games during his tenure. He also coached NIU to a berth the Mid-American Conference Championship game this season. Kill put together a 23-16 record in his three seasons with the Huskies.
“I am so excited to have the opportunity to be the head coach at the University of Minnesota,” Kill said. “It is a tremendous opportunity and -- I think -- great timing. I can promise all the people at the University of Minnesota and throughout the entire state that I am going to give them every single ounce that I can give them. I have done that on every job that I have taken. I was raised the old-school way by my father and mother to do my job to the very best of my ability. You go full speed at it and you don’t let anyone out-work you. I have lived by that motto my entire life and that is what I intend to do at the University of Minnesota.”
In three seasons, Kill coached two winners of the Mid-American Conference Vern Smith Leadership Award, given annually to the conference’s top football player. Defensive end Larry English won the award in 2008, Kill’s first season with the Huskies. Running back Chad Spann was honored as the conference’s top player this season. English went on to be the No. 16 overall choice in the 2009 NFL Draft and currently plays for the San Diego Chargers. Spann currently ranks No. 12 in the nation in scoring and No. 20 in rushing.
If the rumors of the past 24 hours are correct sometime today we will get word about who the next Head Coach is at the University of Minnesota.
I have been on Twitter a lot with my @Gophers account and have had TweetDeck fired up with a column dedicated to this by searching “gopher OR gophers” for about 3 weeks now.
Hats Off to Interim Head Coach Jeff Horton, the staff and the players for staying strong and finishing the year with two wins including bring the pig, Floyd Of Rosedale back to Minneapolis where he belongs.
I have not blogged here in a long time about Gopher football. I care and I have been attending, screaming my head off and supporting the team, just not had enough time to wrote about it.
This morning the following was sent out by the University of Minnesota and I expect I will do some writing in the coming days but likely on Minnesota Headhunter (my business blog):
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 17, 2010
Contacts: Garry Bowman (612-875-0154) and Andy Seeley (612-269-2706)
Brewster Relieved of Head Coaching Duties
Athletics director Joel Maturi announced this morning that Tim Brewster has been relieved of his duties as head football coach and that his contract has been terminated. Brewster will be replaced on an interim basis by co-offensive coordinator Jeff Horton, according to Maturi.
“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,” Maturi said. “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.”
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. Maturi then told Brewster of his decision this morning.
Brewster, 50, was named Minnesota's 26th head football coach on Jan. 17, 2007. He signed a contract extension in January of 2010 and will be paid a buyout of $600,000 per that agreement.
Brewster coached a total of 45 games with the Gophers and compiled a 15-30 (.333) overall record, including a 6-21 (.222) mark in Big Ten games after yesterday’s 28-17 loss to Purdue.
During his three-plus years at the helm, Brewster guided the Gophers to a pair of Insight Bowl appearances, with his best season coming in 2008, when he guided Minnesota to a 7-6 record.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Director of athletics Joel Maturi, along with interim head coach Jeff Horton and a student-athlete will be available to the media at a news conference today at 1 pm. The news conference will be held in the home team interview room at TCF Bank Stadium. Media interested in attending the news conference should park in Sports Media Parking on either the northeast or northwest sides of Mariucci Arena. Additional sports media parking is available on the apron at Williams Arena. Please enter TCF Bank Stadium through the Dodge County entrance. Television outlets should park in the TV compound, where they can patch directly into the home team interview room.
Maybe I was included because of my involvement on the Tailgate Committee (a subcommittee of Gopher Game Day), my volunteer activities on and near campus, my 27 years years as a season ticket holder or maybe because the squeaky wheel made enough noise.
I was not shy about my wanting to get in on a tour and I want to thank my friends at the university and athletic department for including me.
Phil Esten, Associate Athletic Director, gave the tour and to be honest I remember very little of what he said. I was too jacked up, taking pictures and trying to take it all in. Someone said (and I agree) that I was the little kid in the group.
What follows are many of the 100+ photos I took that day:
I know I am a little late with the title of this post and getting this blog fired up. Not for lack of interest but of time.
The day job of being an IT Recruiter, the MN Headhunter blog, and a few other business interests have kept me working many long days these past months.
I was asked and have been sitting on a TCF Bank Stadium Subcommittee, Tailgating. I joke that I am waiting for our first practice to start! Not much yet to report other than I think all the topics are being covered well with some news to come out in the next month or so.
I have some pics and video from last weeks win over Northern Illinois and will be watching the game tonight at a local establishment.
There are a couple of new things I will be announcing for the blog this coming week including a Web 2.0 way to get Gopher football news and articles from different sites.
Last season Jeremy Miller who writes Golden Gopher Football and I were interviewed about our Gopher football blogs. I still have not had a chance to meet Jeremy but have swapped some email over the months.
Below is the video of the replay on a TV. The quality is a little off but the audio is good and you will get the idea of the interview.
Jeremy is featured first. I get in at the 1:45 minute mark.
The funny looking dude at the end is my fraternity and pledge brother Jason who I travel with once or twice a year. The 2008 season is looking like we are on a plane to Ohio State (Columbus) and by car to Wisconsin (Madison).
No I have not forgotten about this corner of the Internet and my love of Gopher football. When I started this site shortly after Coach Brewster was hired it was for the most part because my recruiter/HR and tech friends were tired of reading about it on my business blog, MN Headhunter.
Then last spring I was working on an idea that now has become an informal group of 730+ Recruiter and HR professionals, Minnesota Recruiters.
As the New Year came around it was aggregating all of the blogs I have been reading and putting them in one place, Twin Cities Blogs. This will be completed this week.
There has been a lot of news since the end of the season like the outstanding incoming freshmen class and the speed in which TCF Bank Stadium is being built.
I have mentioned this before, my intention is for this to not necessarily be a “news site” but a “fan site” where you can come and find information from other sources you may not have known about.
This process starts later this week and through the month when I will be adding pictures from last years games and linking to news stories as they come out.
I do have one bit of news that I will be sharing later this month as I have been invited to participate in one of the committees working on the game day experience. This will be a lot of fun but until I know what the scope of our work will be and how much/little I should be sharing until things become official (as in announced) I will keep it a little quiet.
My name is Paul DeBettignies and yes I am that guy you saw on "Gopher Football with Tim Brewster" this evening.
I want to thank the production folks for doing a segment on blogs.
I have been working feverishly the past day to get this site updated with this season’s information. I had a little (OK not so little) tech issue late last week and while doing a major update lost some content.
To be clear, I am a big fan of Coach Tim Brewster, his staff, and this team.
They need some time to make this transition and I hope that Gopher Nation will continue to support this new era in Gopher football. It may be a bumpy ride but fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride.
Some things about the site:
By the end of the evening I will be updated through today. At the moment I am up to the Florida Atlantic game.
On the left side of the screen you will see a photo album that currently has pictures from Gopher Nation Fan Fest. I will be adding a few pictures from the Bowling Green, Purdue, and Ohio State games.
If you are into reading blogs and use a RSS reader you will see a link in the upper right corner to subscribe.
Feel free to leave any comments on the posts (appropriate language please) or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have not posted any information yet on those that have verbally committed, those who have visited, and those that will.
For the most part, I stay out of that all together and leave that the guys who know best. And in my opinion that is the guys who run GopherIllustrated.com, the Minnesota Rivals.com site. Well worth the monthly or yearly subscription.
Matt O’Connoll and Zach Johnson do a fantastic job reporting the news of the day. There will be many recruits at the Florida Atlantic game this weekend from the region.
Also, our home games against Purdue and Ohio State will be our primary fall weekends for recruiting. Many guys are lined up.
Dear Mother Nature, please cooperate.
After the Ohio State game I will put a list together.