Big Ten: Todd Fitch

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Minnesota's extensive search for an offensive coordinator ended today as head coach Tim Brewster hired Jedd Fisch.

Fisch spent the last eight seasons in the NFL, most recently as wide receivers coach with the Denver Broncos. He interviewed Monday for the Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator vacancy and likely would have been on other teams' radar if he didn't accept Brewster's offer to join the Golden Gophers.

"Jedd possesses a vast understanding of offensive football and has worked alongside three outstanding football coaches in the National Football League, as well as working with Steve Spurrier at the University of Florida," Brewster said in a statement. "In addition to his background, Jedd has tremendous people skills and will be an excellent recruiter. He is a young, rising star in the profession who is committed to helping us build a winner here at Minnesota. I could not be more excited that he has agreed to join our staff."

Fisch, who replaces Mike Dunbar as Gophers' offensive coordinator, said in a statement that he has known Brewster, a former NFL assistant, for seven years and expects to help Minnesota win its first Big Ten title since 1967. The 32-year-old Fisch last coached in college as a graduate assistant at Florida from 1999-2000.

The Gophers started 7-1 this season before dropping their final five games. They finished last in the Big Ten in rushing offense (103.8 ypg), prompting Brewster to hire offensive line coach/run game coordinator Tim Davis to restore Minnesota's reputation as a power run team.

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Minnesota's extensive search for an offensive coordinator has centered on Denver Broncos wide receivers coach Jedd Fisch.

ESPN.com's AFC West blogger Bill Williamson is reporting that Fisch likely will accept an offer to take over the Golden Gophers offense.

After East Carolina's Todd Fitch and Oklahoma State's Gunter Brewer pulled out of the running during the weekend, Golden Gophers head coach Tim Brewster targeted Fisch, a 32-year-old with eight years of NFL experience. Fisch interviewed for the Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator vacancy on Monday. 

Brewster had hoped to announce his choice for offensive coordinator on Monday. He told me via text message on Friday that the candidate pool was down to two candidates, one of which was Fitch. 

Mike Dunbar resigned as Minnesota's offensive coordinator on Jan. 6 after the Gophers dropped their final five games this season.

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A quick programming note that the lunch links will no longer appear every day until spring practice kicks off in March. If there are links worth linking, I'll link 'em. But you'll get your daily diet again in March. 

Here's today's sampling. 

"The only promise sought by Boyd -- the throwing/running threat led Phoebus to a state championship and then shared the MVP award in the U.S. Army All-American game on Jan. 3 in San Antonio -- is a chance.

"'I just want an opportunity to play early,' Boyd said. 'That's going to be a big part of it because I feel like I am one of the top players in the country and I really don't want to sit.'"

"One key question was answered Monday: If NU wants to move its game Nov. 20, 2010, against Illinois from Ryan Field to Wrigley, it does not need Illinois' approval.

"'The only time a school would need approval is if it wanted to have a date changed,' said Big Ten Associate Commissioner Mark Rudner."

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Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster hasn't announced his choice for offensive coordinator, but several candidates have withdrawn from consideration. 

East Carolina offensive coordinator Todd Fitch, who interviewed Saturday with Brewster, said he's staying with the Pirates. 

"I will return to East Carolina University in 2009 and plan to be a part of the Pirates' football program for many years to come," Fitch said in a statement. "My family and I are committed to coach [Skip] Holtz, the university, and the city of Greenville and are excited about the future."

Oklahoma State co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer also pulled out of the running, telling Scout.com, "I am honored that coach [Tim] Brewster thought enough of met to interview for such a position and appreciate that opportunity."

St. Louis Rams assistant Jeff Horton remains in the running. Brewster expected to name his offensive coordinator today. 

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East Carolina offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Todd Fitch will interview Saturday for the same position at Minnesota, a source close to Fitch told ESPN.com. 

Fitch has spent the last two years guiding East Carolina's offense, which set a single-season school scoring record in 2007 (403 points) before falling off a bit this season. He previously coached quarterbacks at both Iowa State and South Carolina, and served as Connecticut's offensive coordinator from 1996-98.

Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster has interviewed quite a few candidates for the offensive coordinator vacancy, which came open Jan. 6 after Mike Dunbar resigned. Brewster reportedly met with Oklahoma State co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer and St. Louis Rams assistant Jeff Horton this week.

Brewster told ESPN.com on Friday that he has narrowed his search to two candidates and will announce his choice on Monday. 

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