Austin paper reporting Rodriguez and Meyer offers to Tim Brewster

Submitted by Section 1 on November 30th, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Per the Austin (TX) Statesman:

Former Texas assistant football coach Tim Brewster may return to coaching after a year as a Fox Sports sideline reporter and has been offered positions on the new staffs of Urban Meyer at Ohio State and Rich Rodriguez at Arizona, the Statesman has learned.

It’s not certain which positions he’s being considered for. 



November 30th, 2011 at 12:03 PM ^

Would be a good hire. I havn't heard anything about Qb's coach but he would be a good choice for RichRod's staff in that copacity. With Ohio, my guess is TE's and Recuruiting director or something like that. 


November 30th, 2011 at 12:16 PM ^

Unlike Penn State, it doesn't seem like there's a strong need to clean house in Columbus.  And I'm not sure that he needs to bring in an offensive coordinator with a "big name."  Besides the fact that most OCs with great success are probably head coaching candidates somewhere, it's Meyer's offense to run.


November 30th, 2011 at 12:25 PM ^

Right, because as Michigan fans well know there's absolutely nothing wrong with having a coordinator who knows and believes in a completely different scheme than the one the coach is planning to run. (i keed)

Though best guess they both want him as tight ends coach, which he can flat-out coach tight ends.


November 30th, 2011 at 12:33 PM ^

I have no reason to think that Tressel passed along word of the violations to the rest of his coaching staff.  They might have known, they might not.  But if a coach knows his kids are committing violations, it seems in his best interest to either keep it to himself or report it.  It does nobody any good to tell the rest of the coaching staff but try to keep it from the compliance department.

Three can keep a secret...if two of them are dead.


November 30th, 2011 at 4:29 PM ^

Wouldn't the assistant coaches have walked through the parking lot and noticed the cars?  Or looked at their players and noticed all the tattoos?  There was a lot going on there, and it is likely that the assistants knew of a lot of it, even if they did not know that the players were trading trinkets for the tattoos.

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November 30th, 2011 at 12:41 PM ^

I think big name assistants are more important when there are question marks about the head coach.  The Brady Hokes and Gene Chiziks, whose resumes may not scream big time coach, need big name assistants to quench any doubts.  Similarly, coaches taking a little heat can get a little breathing room by bringing in a big name assistant.  Home run hires don't need the big names to accompany them.  

MI Expat NY

November 30th, 2011 at 1:06 PM ^

Was there any complaints about his coordinator hirings at the time he was hired?  No.  Rich Rod created his own excitement.

On to your next example.  Were Mullen, Strong and Mattison big names when he hired them at Florida?  I'd answer no.  

Home run hires as head coaches are given more leeway to hire the coordinators they want, because it's assumed they know what they're doing.  This doesn't always work out.  Head coaches that have question marks need big names to calm any concerns.  This too doesn't always work out.


November 30th, 2011 at 1:21 PM ^

Lots of people had questions about Rodriguez's ability to run the spread in the Big Ten and the 3-3-5 in the Big Ten.  They also had questions about whether he could recruit, whether he would fit with the culture at Michigan, etc.  I don't think Rodriguez was a home run hire at the time.


November 30th, 2011 at 12:47 PM ^

has no collegiate coaching experience whatsoever in AZ or southern CA, and was widely regarded as a terrible recruiter at Minny.

Which means he's perfect to be recruiting coordinator for RR, I guess. Who needs local contacts—or the ability to recruit—anyhow?

Section 1

November 30th, 2011 at 12:57 PM ^

This comment is not befitting you.

The entire reason that this story appeared in the Austin paper is because Tim Brewster was a very successful assistant under Mack Brown at Texas.   (Texas is a large state just to the east of Arizona).  Brewster was so successful under Mack Brown that he got the consideration for the Minnesota job.

I am not so sure about calling Brewster the worst recruiter in the Big Ten; I don't think Jerry Kill is killing it on the recruiting trail in Minnesota either.  I think it is a Gopher Thing, and we wouldn't understand.

As a guy who can work with the rest of a staff, Brewster has basically been a star everywhere he's been.



November 30th, 2011 at 1:27 PM ^

I've been an ass for a long time.

There were many, many people completely giddy over RR's hiring of Greg Robinson due to his supposed success as a DC at Texas and the fact that he had a Super Bowl ring from Green Bay. I believe that RR said himself at the time of his selection of Robinson that he valued Greg's ability to get along with other staff.

I thought the optics of hiring a guy recently fired as HC at Syracuse after one of the worst stretches in that program's history was terrible for RR, especially coming off a 3-9 season. I realize that RR may not be tabbing Brewster as a coordinator (which Brewster had never been prior to his hiring at Minny) recruiting or otherwise, and maybe merely as a position coach, but considering RR's position, I would think he'd want to surround himself with coaches who have not recently flamed out in rather spectacular fashion.

It's ironic that Brewster was hired at Minnesota in large measure because of his allegedly superior recruiting prowess over Glen Mason. Maybe his recruiting wasn't that bad, and he just was out of his element as a HC.

Don't assume that I'm not rooting for RR to succeed—I am. I'm just waiting to see what his hiring decisions are like.

Section 1

November 30th, 2011 at 1:42 PM ^

Brian Cook was dubious about the hiring of Greg Robinson too.  For my part, I knew very little about Gerg, so I never claimed he'd be great, and I never (sadly) demonstrated my omniscience with a forewarning that he'd be a disaster.

What we should be able to agree on, in the wake of Three and Out, was that Gerg was about Rodriguez's fourth choice (and quite possibly the best choice on paper) available to Michigan at the time.  Particularly since in those days, Bill Martin was not paying 750k with bonuses to 900k, to Defensive Coordinators.  The one little window we saw into the only dispute between RR and Gerg mentioned in the book was Rodriguez's lobbying for Kenny Demens to play, and Robinson's choice of Obi Ezeh to start.


November 30th, 2011 at 1:52 PM ^

there was a near-state of panic (or at least a state of confusion) on this blog when GERG was hired, owing mostly to a review of where his defenses ranked at previous stops, and the trendline of those rankings year-to-year.  Which were not pretty, and expectations were not super high, but we figured "well, RR knows his ass is on the line with this choice, so he must have done his homework, ergo maybe GERG is gonna be alllllllll right." 

As it turned out, GERG wasn't allllllllllll right. (remember that special time in our lives, guys?)And to be fair, forcing a dude to coach a scheme he had no experience with and use a pre-hired staff wasn't such a superb ass-saving move by RR regardless of how tight the pursestrings were on the hire.


November 30th, 2011 at 3:45 PM ^

Don't get me wrong, you still have to be able to close a kid, but I don't think it's that hard to be a really good recruiter at the University of Texas.  Kids are lining up to go there. 

Now if he had been a stud recruiter at say Texas Tech, that would be a lot more impressive imo.


December 21st, 2011 at 12:15 PM ^

Longtime gopher fan here. Tim brewster brought in more 4 star players than mason did in 10 years, and probably more talent than we have ever had, so his recruiting is not a problem, it was top notch for getting kids to consider minnesota who otherwise wouldnever give us a look. He would be a great hire at either school. Kill will not get anywhere near the quality athletes brewster got


January 6th, 2012 at 5:27 PM ^

I suppose he'd be a great hire anywhere as a Tight Ends coach and Recruiting Coordinator. Also he was pretty exceptional as head coaches go in player discipline, a good guy in that regard.

I don't think I ever saw him display exceptional competence in anything beyond that. He's a fair example in my opinion of the Peters (Peterson? -- whatever) Principle in football, that he's so great as a Tight Ends coach he gets promoted to past his competence.

Brewster may have nabbed the higher ranked guys and got Seantrel to consider the Gophers for longer but what are those victories next to the parade of not-so-highly recruited NFL players that came through Minneapolis under Mason?