The Golden Gophers were a major let-down under Tim Brewster and that may have been Brewster's fault altogether. The fact that interim coach Jeff Horton led them to a 2-3 record down the stretch, including a Floyd of Rosedale win over Iowa should be enough evidence alone.
The rivalry win was the first since before Brewster took over.
Now Jerry Kill steps in, who has had success with both Southern and Northern Illinois.
Kill has a record of 127-73 throughout his division I coaching career and that does not include Northern Illinois' bowl win, a game in which he did not coach after taking the Minnesota job.
So why will Kill be successful?
It is simple. He has taken mediocre-at-best teams in both the FCS and FBS, both of which were in the Midwest and made them into top-tier conference teams.
Kill knows how to recruit, coach and more importantly, win. He may be the missing ingredient that the University and state of the art stadium needs, especially heading into the "new" Big Ten that includes Nebraska in their division.
Look for Minny to get back to a bowl game in Kill's first season.