You have to admit you saw it coming. Last year's close call at home against South Dakota State. The loss of key personnel from a mediocre defense. The lack of a shred of evidence that Tim Brewster can actually coach a big time football team. But when it happened, when it finally was undeniable that the Minnesota Gophers lost at home to a team called the South Dakota Coyotes, well it still was a blow to the solar plexus. You had to admit to yourself that it's going to be a long time until you see a good Golden Gopher Football team.
What was so frustrating about Saturday's game (and there was a lot to be frustrated about) was that at times it seemed like South Dakota had better athletes than Minnesota, especially when it was the Coyote offense v. the Gopher defense. That is inexcusable from a team that is bigger, faster, and more highly touted than their South Dakota counterparts. It really comes down to coaching.
There's that old saying about Coach Bear Bryant: He could take his team and beat your team. Then turn around and take your team his beat his team. It appears that Tim Brewster is the antithesis to Bear Bryant: He can take his team and lose to your team and then take your team and lose to his team. It's just not Brewster either. Obviously Defensive Coordinator Cosgrove has no clue how to evaluate talent, put a defense game plan together, or make adjustments mid-game. Some of that is on Brewster, but it also lands on Cosgrove. It's no secret why he was run out of Lincoln NE. There were other questionable coaching calls all throughout the Saturday's game. Decisions that really make you wonder if Brewster understands the game at all.
So what do we do now? If this was Japan Brewster would have resigned out of embarrassment. Well this isn't Japan and Brewster's not going anywhere unless shown the door. It's probably too early to fire Brewster but the knives should be sharpened. No one is anticipating a win against USC, but Northern Illinois at home is coming up, then Northwestern for homecoming. Away at Wisconsin and Purdue after that . If the Gophers have not won a game through Purdue, it's time to cut the cord. The season will officially be a lost cause and it will be time to move on.
The Gophers have a beautiful stadium, modern facilities, a grand tradition, and play in a big time conference. Its fans are hungry for a team that can compete. It really is incumbent on the University to find a coach that matches all that Minnesota has to offer. Obviously Tim Brewster is not that coach.