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Updated: October 17th, 2010 9:49am
It's official: Brewster out as head coach, replaced by O-coordinator Horton

It's official: Brewster out as head coach, replaced by O-coordinator Horton

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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University of Minnesota athletics director Joel Maturi officially announced on Sunday morning that head football coach Tim Brewster has been relieved of his duties.

Brewster's contract was terminated, and co-offensive coordinator Jeff Horton will take over head coaching duties on an interim basis.

"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 in a press release. "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."

According to the press release, Maturi has been in discussions with university president Robert Bruininks over the past few weeks, and "the president was in complete agreement with the decision to remove Brewster as head coach."

The Gophers fell to 1-6 on the season after a 28-17 loss to Purdue on Saturday.

According to sources, Brewster -- who will be paid a $600,000 buyout -- was informed on Saturday evening that he would not return as head coach.

The school also developed a media plan and drafted a media release on Thursday that was to be carried out if the Gophers lost to the Boilermakers.

Brewster finished his Gopher tenure with a 15-30 overall record, including 6-21 in the Big Ten.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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