Gopher head coach Tim Brewster
MINNEAPOLIS -- Remember the sweet courting phase, when our relationship as Gopher football fans with our head coach Tim Brewster was new?
Back in January of 2007 when Brewster, on his first introduction, told us we would win Big Ten titles and go to the Rose Bowl, we thought we just might believe him.
And then, the wins didn't come.
The tale is over now.
Brewster is out taking his abysmal record of losses and wins with him.
Bitter to the fans is the reality that comes with firing a coach mid contract, he has to be paid out the $775,000 owed to him by the University of Minnesota.
This is not winning him any well wishes from U of M students.
"I don't think I feel good about that when I know how much I pay for tuition," Calie, a freshman physics major said Monday.
In big time college football coach's are paid to win and if they don't win they get let go.
And if they still have three years left on a contract, as Brewster did, they get a check.
"That's a lot of money, and we still have to hire a new coach, " Gopher fan Diane said Monday on the East Bank of campus.
Joel Maturi has to hire another coach.
And Maturi is well aware his name is on the line, again, as he hailed Tim Brewster as the man to lead us to Pasadena roses in 2007.
"I hired a football coach who didn't win enough games and I take responsibility for that," Maturi said shortly after announcing Brewster was fired Sunday.
So the search is on for a winning coach, again.
The Gopher football nation has heard this tune like a broken record over the last 20 years, so forgive us if we don't get our hopes up.
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