Sunday, November 30, 2008

Phil Meyer out at Minnesota

For these last two years, while I've been poking fun at the Minnesota football program and Tim Brewster, I've always felt about 5% guilty. Why? Because the Gophers' offensive line coach was Phil Meyer, an old friend from my days at the Oshkosh Northwestern, where Meyer was the head coach at UW-Oshkosh for seven seasons.

Meyer and the program parted ways last week after the Gophers' regular season collapse was complete. I suppose it's hard to blame Brew for making a change, their offensive line was sort of shaky. One of the lasting impressions I'll have from our 35-32 win in Madison will be Dominic Alford getting flagged for penalty ... after penalty ... after penalty ... after penalty. But who knows if those struggles were attributable to coaching; the implementation of a new system for which the linemen were not a good fit; of talent level.

Apparently former UW offensive line coach Tim Davis is the guy who will replace Meyer. Here's hoping his unit struggles mightily. (Just being honest!)

Meyer will be just fine wherever he ends up. He's a good guy with a great offensive mind, and his priorities are in the right place.

Two other notes from East Dakota:

-Anders Lee, who we've mentioned before here, was named the Twin Cities Player of the Year by the Star Tribune. Keep watching.

-We don't really need to rip Brewster here when his hometown columnists do a far better, more comprehensive job. Read this from Star Trib columnist Patrick Reusse. Ouch.

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