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Continued: Hartman: Simpson has high praise for new Vikings coach

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 16, 2014 - 12:02 AM

“I really do,” he said. “I have a great deal of pride. I poured my heart and soul into helping the Gophers become a championship-caliber football program, that didn’t happen,” he said. “I didn’t win enough games to keep the job at Minnesota, but I certainly watch them and have a great deal of pride.

“Really proud of Ra’Shede Hageman and the job he did. He’s going to be a great NFL player. A lot of things to be proud of that went on at Minnesota while we were there. I watch them now, and Jerry Kill is doing an outstanding job at Minnesota. I think he’s going to lead Minnesota to a Big Ten championship at some point, because I still believe that can happen there.”

Brewster was asked, looking back, if there was anything he would have done differently in his four years with the Gophers. He went 15-30, including two bowl losses, before being fired in October 2010.

“There’s no question that I made mistakes as the head coach at Minnesota,” he said. “I think a lot of it had to do with the changeover on the staff and the continuity of the staff is so critical to your success and we just had too much change. That was certainly my fault and that’s one of the things that I regret.”

Jottings

Gordy Shaw, the former Gophers assistant coach who has been at South Dakota, Hawaii, Idaho and Texas State since leaving here, has been hired as the offensive line coach with the University of Houston, where the head coach is former Gophers player Tony Levine.

• Gophers defensive back Brock Vereen is in Florida practicing for the East-West Shrine Game, which will take place Saturday and be televised on the NFL Network. The next day, Brock’s brother, Shane Vereen, will play in the AFC Championship Game for the Patriots against former Gophers star Eric Decker and the Broncos.

• Louis Nanne, the grandson of hockey legend Lou Nanne, is playing for the Sioux Falls Stampede in the United States Hockey League. The Wild draft pick has two points in 12 games this season. Louis’ brother Tyler Nanne, who is playing at Edina High School, committed to play at Ohio State last week.

• Former Gophers forward Trevor Mbakwe is second in rebounding in Italy’s top league, averaging 9.7 rebounds per game for Virtus Rome. He also is averaging 9.4 points per contest. His teammates include Jordan Taylor, the former Wisconsin and Benilde-St. Margaret’s standout.

 

Sid Hartman can be heard weekdays on 830-AM at 7:40, 8:40 and 9:20 a.m. and on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. shartman@startribune.com

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