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Could Mike Shanahan to the Washington Redskins Affect Minnesota Gophers?

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 14:  Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Denver Broncos leads his team against the San Diego Chargers during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 14, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 39-38.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Jesse L. MedfordContributor IDecember 19, 2009

It is no secret that Mike Shanahan has been in negotiations with the Washington Redskins, since Bruce Allen became the general manager on December 17. The Skins are in search of a high profile coach, and Shanahan brings with him a great resume.   
 
Shanahan has two Super Bowl wins, in 16 years as a Head Coach. He lead the Los Angeles Raiders for two seasons, prior to taking over at Denver. Shanahan was fired by Broncos in 2008, after a late season slide caused them to miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season. 
 
This brings me to the Minnesota connection. Golden Gophers head coach Tim Brewster was the tight end coach under Shanahan for two seasons. In Brewster's first three years with the Gophers, he has continually stayed in touch with his former boss. Shanahan has even been in attendance at Minnesota's practice. Might he be needing an assistant?  
 
Brewster's career college coaching record is 14-23, with a 6-18 conference record. He has never won a Big 10 game in November. Many believe his butt is firmly in the hot seat. Joel Maturi, the University of Minnesota Athletic Director, is trying to figure out if he should fire Brewster, or extend him for one more year.

And when rumors were swirling that Brew was in the hunt for the Kansas job, Maturi was angry and acted like he didn't care if Brewster left.   
 
Will Shanahan give them an out? Brewster's house has been on the market since September. It seems to me, that Brew is already making preparations.  Brewster knows he hasn't met expectations. You can't be 0-9 in trophy games, and keep your fans happy. 
 
I for one, would like to see if Brewster could get a 5-3 Big 10 record in 2010, before making a decision. But I know most Gophers fans would like him to be gone by New Year, no matter how it happens.

If Brewster were to follow his old boss (the Bills, Cowboys, and Texans are also rumored to be in the Shanahan mix), I hope the door doesn't hit him in the rear, on the way out. Then the next question is, what to do with Maturi?

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