Minnesota has now confirmed a two-year contract extension between the university and head coach Tim Brewster that takes him through the 2013 season.
Athletics director Joel Maturi said the parties have reached an agreement, and a contract will be signed soon. Financial terms of the extension will be released after the contract is signed.
"It's good for the program, good for coach Brewster and it certainly sends a message to our recruits that we share the vision coach Brewster has," Maturi told me this afternoon. "He deserves the opportunity to coach those young men that he's brought here."
Maturi wanted to get the extension done before National Signing Day, which comes up on Wednesday. Minnesota remains in the mix for top offensive line recruit Seantrel Henderson, from nearby St. Paul.
"Our goal is to build a championship-caliber program," Brewster said in a statement. "We are extremely committed to making that happen and this extension is a very positive step in helping us move toward that goal."
As I wrote earlier today, the extension gives Brewster a bit of stability, especially on the recruiting trail. He's also getting a chance to coach his own recruits in a critical 2010 season. It's a chance Brewster deserves, but he now must capitalize.
Remember that Minnesota isn't afraid to fire a coach with a lot of time left on his contract, as the school pink-slipped Glen Mason in 2006 just a year after Mason received an extension. Brewster needs to fare better in Big Ten play, in November and against Minnesota's top rivals this fall.