Horton Discusses New Position

On Sunday at 1 p.m. it became official that Coach Tim Brewster was relieved of his coaching duties. After a sixth straight loss, athletic director, Joel Maturi informed the media that's Brewster's tenure was over and that offensive coordinator Jeff Horton would take over as interim head coach. Horton addressed the media and fielded questions about the future of the Gophers.

Coach Jeff Horton sat on the stage of TCF Bank Stadium's media room and thanked Coach Brewster by saying, "I want to thank Coach Brewster for giving me the opportunity to come here as a coordinator. I think he has great passion for this university, for this city and for this program that was second to none."

Horton went on to say of Brewster, "He's a good man and is a damn good coach. Sometimes things don't work and that's unfortunate." He also talked about his role as one of Brewster's coordinators. "I feel as a coach that because I'm here right now that I let him down. That I didn't do my job good enough so that we're not having this press conference."

Horton outlined his role for the rest of the season as head coach. "I think the biggest thing for me is instilling confidence in the players." He went on to say, "There's still five games out there out of twelve. There's a lot of football still to be played with some exciting challenges. My job is to instill confidence in them, get them to go out and play as hard as they can for as long as they can and help them try to achieve victory."

One of the most interesting things that Horton said was in reference to recruiting. "We won't bring anybody else in on trips. I don't think its wise to do that without knowing what a new coach's philosophy or the kind of players he's looking at." If the Gophers sit on their recruiting class and are actually able to keep their verbal commits they will have only 15 recruits before a new coach is hired.

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