October 17, 2010 by staff
Brewster, Minnesota 15-30, including 6-21 in the Big Ten, and the Gophers 28-17 loss to the Boilermakers on Saturday was their sixth consecutive defeat.
Athletic Director Joel Maturi said he had several conversations with the university president Robert Bruinink in recent weeks around the car and the two agreed on the move. The offensive coordinator Jeff Horton will be the interim head coach the rest of the season.
“While I understand the passion and commitment that Coach Brewster has shown, it is clear that a change in direction is necessary Gopher football,” Maturi said in a statement.
“We have high aspirations for our football program and we are not satisfied with its current management. The results so far this season have been unacceptable and the program simply has not shown enough improvement over the three and a half years to continue with the status quo. ”
The Associated Press left a telephone message for comment Brewster.
Brewster was hired to support the program of the stagnation of Minnesota in 2007, despite never having been a head coach or coordinator at the university or the NFL.
Brewster has created a monster, he could not contain, where, with determination of a seller and the fervor of a preacher, he started talking about Rose Bowls in his introduction. Known as a successful recruiter under Mack Brown in North Carolina and Texas, Brewster classes drew comments fromanlysts decent but his players never quite put it together.
The instability of its staff was a problem, after firing offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar in 2008 and abandoned his spread offense a professional type of attack to create more of a team of power running. Replacement of Dunbar, Jedd Fisch, left after one season and forced the offense to learn under yet another coach. The Gophers showed a pattern of disorganization and undisciplined play in Brewster, whose game plan seemed to show inexperience.
Brewster had never been a head coach – in addition to Central Catholic High School in Lafayette, Indiana – when he was hired to replace Glen Mason Maturi and revive the once-proud program.
Even Maturi acknowledged the risk of hiring unproven, recalling his blunted response in the early stages of research when colleagues, he recommended talking to the man who was the coach of the Denver Broncos’ tight ends at time.
“To be honest, I had never heard of Tim Brewster,” Maturi said.
After a very difficult first season included a loss at home in the opener to Bowling Green and a close overtime win over Miami (Ohio) as the lone triumph, marmots jumped ahead 7-1 in the beginning with a 2008 and were ranked 20th when they were beaten at home by Northwest on a interception return for a last-second touchdown.
They continued to lose to rivals Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa – the final 55-0 in their last game at the Metrodome. TCF Bank Stadium opened next fall, and the Gophers shot Air Force in the opening game before digging in Big Ten play with a ragged offense. They closed on schedule at home with an ugly 16-13 victory lower division South Dakota State.
They went to Arizona Insight Cup and lost again, leaving Brewster bowl record 0-2.
The school reworked his contract; it extends through the 2013 season and the addition of several bonuses, but refused to give him a raise and a reduction of the figure of redemption.
He will receive redemption and 600,000.
Widely assumed to be on the hot seat entering this season, fate seemed sealed when the Gophers Brewster lost at home to lower division South Dakota on Sept. 11.
His record was 2-2 against FCS teams and against non-BCS schools in the BSF he went 6-3 – five losses too many for all the teams trying to move from the Big Ten’s elite. Anger or two may have been overlooked by fans of teams Brewster was able to beat its rivals Wisconsin and Iowa, but groundhogs are not able to do so.
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