In December after the Gophers lost to Iowa State in the Insight Bowl I posted an open letter to Big Ten fans apologizing for the Gophers performance during a bowl season when the Big Ten mostly took care of business.
I seriously contemplated posting the same thing today.
I don't even know what to say about the Gophers losing to South Dakota. South Dakota played a surprisingly good, mistake-free football game where they took advantage of absolutely every opportunity that the Gophers gave them... and there were many. But clearly that is no excuse for losing to a FRAKKIN' I-AA PROGRAM.
The fact of the matter is that somebody who you've never heard of (Ed Meierkort), absolutely out-coached someone who you love to rip (Tim Brewster).
The venom for Tim Brewster among Minnesota fans right now is at an incredibly high level, and after his performance on Saturday, who can blame them (ahem... us). In fact, in a Minneapolis Star-Tribune online poll Sunday morning, of over 15,000 people who responded, over 10,000 think that Brewster should be fired immediately, and another nearly 3,000 think that the deed should be done at the end of the season.
I was one of the 3,000. I've often said among these very pages that I had hope Brewster could take this program to a brighter future. A day and a half since the Gophers lost to USD, and I'll be honest: While I do not think that firing Tim Brewster after two games would be a good move for the program, I can't come up with a single argument that Brewster's job should be salvaged after the season.
Joel Maturi is looking like a damn genius right now for keeping the buyout on Brewster's contract surprisingly low.
At this point, for Brewster to have a job with the state of Minnesota after January 1, 2011, the Gophers will have to find a way to win 5 more games, make it to a bowl game, they will have to find a way to win a rivalry game, and maybe win one of the games that they have absolutely no business winning (USC, OSU, PSU), on their way to doing it.
Thankfully for Tim Brewster he doesn't get a chance to dwell on the bed-crapping that he lead on Saturday, because he'll get a chance to take a stab at slaying the giant and winning one of those games that they have no business winning next week against USC.
Forgive me if I don't hold my breath.