Just a day after the Gopher's 2015 season Tracy Claeys has begun to shape his staff and program in the way he would like to see it constructed.
"Matt and Jim are both terrific people and coaches, but I have decided to make a change that will better fit my offensive philosophy, which is to have one coordinator calling the plays," said Claeys. "They have been great representatives for the university and always put our student-athletes first, and I thank them for their contributions to our program and wish them well in the future."
Matt Limegrover has been the offensive coordinator for Jerry Kill since 2001 and has coached along side Tracy Claeys since 1999. This move is a bit surprising considering they have coached along side each other for so many years. Coach Kill was incredibly loyal to his assistants, maybe to a fault, and I think many assumed Claeys would retain Limegrover.
The changes still come as a surprise to most Gopher fans. While many fans had been clamoring for some change for some time, no one actually thought that it might occur. In other words, Tracy Claeys is set on putting his own mark on this Gopher program, and in 2016 it will officially be Tracy Claeys team, not Jerry Kill's team with another coach.
Zebrowski came over from Wisconsin-Whitewater to Northern Illinois in 2010 and has been with the Gophers since the rest of the staff came in 2011. He has handled the quarterbacks while at the U and has taken some criticism for the lack of development at that position since Jerry Kill came to town.
What exactly his offensive philosophy is, we will find out. Does Adam Weber get promoted to quarterbacks coach? Who are they going to find for offensive coordinator with some uncertainty around the long-term uncertainty. Plenty of questions remain but it is very clear that Tracy Claeys is going to take this opportunity and do it his way.