Minnesota Football: Gophers Finally Say So Long To Tim Brewster

Tim ArcandCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01:  Head Coach Tim Brewster of the Minnesota Golden Gophers and his players react to a 24-17 loss to the Northwestern Wildcats during the fourth quarter at the Hubert H.Humphrey Metrodome on November 1, 2008 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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So what took so long?

On Sunday, University of Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi, with the approval of president Bob Bruininks, fired head football coach Tim Brewster.

In three-plus seasons Brewster was only able to win 15 games, while losing 30, including back-to-back Insight Bowls in 2008 and 2009.

In trophy games against Wisconsin (Paul Bunyan's Axe), Michigan (The Little Brown Jug), Iowa (Floyd of Rosedale) and Penn State (Governor's Bell), the cases in TCF Bank Stadium stand empty as Brewster has gone 0-10 in these games.

For many Gopher football fans the announcement is coming almost a year too late, and definitely a month later than it should. 

After falling 41-38 at TCF Bank Stadium to the University of South Dakota on September 11, Coach Brewster should have been shown the door—immediately.

Yet, it took another four losses to convince Maturi that the program was going in the wrong direction.

Now, three years later, the decision to fire former head coach and current Big Ten Network analyst Glen Mason looks like it was the wrong decision.

This, incredibly after firing Mason for losing consecutive bowl games in 2005 and 2006.

The last five years of Mason's reign, the Gophers averaged 7.8 wins, making five straight bowl appearances.

Looking back, many are yearning for those seasons under Mason when the Gophers were starting to look competitive.

In the second season of TCF Bank Stadium, the program should be moving in the other direction, but under the direction of Brewster the program has declined.

Part of the problem has been the rotating door for offensive coordinators. For senior quarterback Adam Weber he has had a different coach every season. This does not provide stability.

Now Maturi has a chance to do for the University of Minnesota football program what he has done for the basketball program—find a credible coach that puts the program back in the direction it was headed with Mason.

There are some reports that after alum Tony Dungy publicly announced that he had no interest in coaching the Gophers, that current Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman could be on the short list. 

Unlike Brewster, Trestman would come to the university with head coaching experience.

The University of Minnesota needs to find the right person that can come in and take advantage of the new stadium and the state-of-the-art facilities. 

They need to act quickly before the reek of losing contaminates the place so bad that it will be impossible to remove the stench, and thus make it even more difficult to encourage young men to come north to Minnesota.

Maybe, just maybe, Glen Mason would be willing to return.