Minnesota assistant leaves for Browns job

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Minnesota wide receivers coach George McDonald has left to take a position with the Cleveland Browns, the team announced today.

McDonald spent the last two seasons at Minnesota and tutored All-Big Ten performer Eric Decker, among others. A former wideout at Illinois, McDonald previously served as offensive coordinator at Western Michigan and has done three internships with NFL teams.

"Good people are always in high demand and George did a fantastic job for us here at the University of Minnesota," Gophers head coach Tim Brewster said in a statement. "This is a tremendous opportunity for him to continue to grow as a coach and I wish him nothing but the best."

Brewster will conduct a national search for McDonald's replacement and hopes to fill the position soon. This marks Minnesota's fourth staff change since the end of the 2008 regular season, as the team two new coordinators (Jedd Fisch and Kevin Cosgrove) and a new offensive line coach/run game coordinator (Tim Davis).