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How fired is Tim Brewster? Very, right?

Posted on: September 26, 2010 5:45 am
Edited on: September 27, 2010 3:00 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Minnesota dropped their third game in a row on Saturday, losing 34-23 to presumptive MACrifice Northern Illinois. That's three consecutive losses to non-conference opponents, making Minnesota the first team in Big Ten history to drop three consecutive non-con games when those three games include one against a I-AA/FCS opponent.

Of course, there isn't a great sample size for that type of "feat"; the Big Ten hasn't been scheduling I-AA/FCS programs for very long, and losses to those types of programs have been conceivable for an even shorter amount of time. But still: this is a new level of futility.

It's gotten so bad for head coach Tim Brewster that fans were chanting "Fire Brewster" during the game, and he certainly didn't do much to dissuade any of them during the loss. He sent his team out twice on 4th and 1; Minnesota was stuffed both times. The Gophers also surrendered a blocked punt with a minute left in the first half -- this led to an NIU touchdown that would give the Huskies a lead they never relinquished -- and Minnesota was also whistled for nine penalties, four more than were the Huskies.

So this loss gets added to the two before it, Brewster's critical comments about the program's spending habits (in a brand new stadium, mind you), the recent disciplinary troubles, and the fans' rather severe loss of patience with the program. At this point, barring an immediate and aberrant turn in fortunes, Minnesota looks to be a 3-win team, tops. That would put Brewster at 17-33 (8-24) for his Minnesota career, numbers that would earn just about any BCS conference coach a swift firing no matter what the buyout.

In fact, the shame of losing to South Dakota and Northern Illinois in the span of three weeks might get some coaches fired immediately, but ironically, Brewster's temporary saving grace might be his own team's ineptitude. If Minnesota AD Joel Maturi looks at the program, he's going to see middling performance at every position -- meaning Maturi's unlikely to find a current assistant with a track record of success that suggests he'd be any better than Brewster to finish out the season.

But once this season is over, yes, Brewster is a dead lock to be fired; this is a historic level of haplessness, and Brewster's one assumed strength coming into this job (recruiting) has essentially failed to materialize in Minneapolis. The rest of the Big Ten just hopes Maturi doesn't notice that Mike Leach is available.


Since: Sep 27, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2010 2:20 pm

How fired is Tim Brewster? Very, right?

M -  I  - N  - N  -  E  -  S  -  O   SO SO BAD///Give the keys to the stadium to the VIkings for cryingout loud, being an U of M alumnist is a little embarrassing right now! 

Since: Nov 8, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2010 2:15 pm

How fired is Tim Brewster? Very, right?

Would love to see this next year!!! Maturi, please make it so.

Since: Sep 27, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2010 2:06 pm

How fired is Tim Brewster? Very, right?

Start watching the best college team in MINNESOTA THE University of Minnesota Duluth BULLDOGS!!!!! I bet they could even beat the Gophers And yes fire Brewster but wait until the end of the season your not going to fix anything by doing it right now! But Really who cares I've come to expect this from the Gopher program!!

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2010 12:06 pm

How fired is Tim Brewster? Very, right?

I am a season ticket holder and don't completely blame Brewster. Minnesota will never go back and be a football power like in the 60's. The reason we did that was we were one of the first to go recruit the great black athletes before all the others which should have done by all. Minnesota does not have the talent statewide so they need a guy who can turn 2-3 star players into 4 star player with coaching and x's and o's. If Brewster is fired I really hope they either get a coach who did more with less - his name is Mike Leach

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2010 10:30 am

How fired is Tim Brewster? Very, right?

As an outsider (Michigan fan) I have to admit that I never understood why Minnesota fired Mason and hired Brewster in the first place.  I liked Mason's ground attack, and they certainly gave the Big Blue fits over the years.  Mason was getting to bowl games just about every year.  Granted, there was never the next step to 10 wins and competing for a Big Ten title, but in retrospect it sure seemed more likely then.  I do love the new digs you guys have, hopefully a new coach will help.

Also, you gotta love the Brown Jug.

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2010 9:20 am

Should he, really? I mean...

Yes, he should. Hours after the South Dakota loss he should have.

Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2010 8:14 am

How fired is Tim Brewster? Very, right?


Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2010 12:20 am

How fired is Tim Brewster? Very, right?

I think it would be a favor to Brewster, to just fire him now.  Unless he runs the table to win the big ten, he is gone anyway.  They will be lucky to win 2 games, so why avoid the inevitable.  Find someone on staff, to finish the season, even if there is nobody better suited to do it.  It might keep things from getting to ugly at the "Bank".     &nbs
p;   go out and find a good coach for next year.   New stadium might be a good way to lure a big name.

Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2010 11:03 pm

How fired is Tim Brewster? Very, right?

haha you're right morningcat, but they'd lose to north dakota too. ND lost on the road to this Northern Illinois team by just 6 points, and has beaten South Dakota for 4 straight years.

Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2010 10:16 pm

How fired is Tim Brewster? Very, right?

Wants more money for the football program? That's funny because the players get handed straight cash for "meal money" every week. It is known that some players head straight to the liquor store with the cash given to them from the football program and buy booze with it. How bout using some of that cash for actual football related stuff  instead of handing it out to players like candy

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