Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.
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I've been a little surprised that Tim Brewster hasn't been hired somewhere yet, particularly since NFL jobs are being filled now. Perhaps he's been holding out for a head-coaching job, since he reportedly came relatively close to being hired at Texas State last month.
But Brewster, whose resume as an assistant coach before he came to Minnesota is impressive no matter what happened here, may be close to finding work for next season. According to Tom Dienhart, who closely follows coaching moves for rivals.com, Brewster is a candidate for a vacancy on Nick Saban's staff at Alabama.
The job is as wide receivers coach, a reasonable fit since Brewster has plenty of experience teaching tight ends. The job was rumored to be going to former Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom, but he decided last week to remain with the St. Louis Rams. Now, according to Dienhart, Brewster is a candidate along with four others -- one of whom is Mike Groh, Louisville's quarterbacks coach and a former Alabama graduate assistant. The Tuscaloosa News calls Groh the "leading candidate."
Also a candiate, according to Dienhart: former Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier, Crimson Tide quality-control coach Derrick Crudup, and former Alabama receiver Lance Taylor.
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