Two weeks after Minnesota and Tim Brewster made headlines when last season's 55-0 loss to Iowa was left out of a portion of the 2009 media and records book, another incident of fuzzy math has surfaced.
Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, who broke the news of the earlier gaffe, is on the case again, taking note of Brewster's record posted on his blog: "In total, Brewster holds a coaching record of 113-61-1 (.645)."
Hlas writes: "OK, Coach Brew. Not many head coaches tout their won-lost records as assistants, but that's your right. Just like it's mine to point out you've been a head coach for all of two years, and have a won-lost record of 8-17 with a current five-game losing streak.
"What Coach Brew meant to say — or should have said — is teams have been 113-61-1 on staffs in which he has coached. Which is a perfectly valid thing to pat yourself on the back about.
"But the coach wasn't the mastermind behind all 113 of those wins. Or was he?"
Hlas isn't the only writer taking note. Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes: "Can you, um, really do that? We suppose. Though it seems a little bit like Tommie Aaron saying he and his brother Hank combined for 768 career home runs."
This isn't Brewster's first troublesome venture into cyberspace. In April, he took a shot at the Star Tribune's Patrick Reusse on his Twitter account, calling the columnist "Fat Pat."
Reusse fired back: "Coach Brew has detected that I'm overweight and that makes him an astute observer. And this situation could in no way lessen my opinion of him."
Minnesota fans quickly jumped in the fray. The following entry came from thread about the new TCF Bank Stadium on the Scout fan site Golden Sports: "Tipsy, Lloyd and I have begun the procurement process of urinal cakes with Fat Pat's photo on them. We are hoping to have enough to hit up every pisser in TCF for opening day. The one problem is that there is a cost associated with doing so. While we could sell the cakes for a profit, we would just prefer to have as many as possible for 9.12.09.
"Admin, can we use this site and incorporate a paypal link for donations to our cause? We are working out a target capital raise as I write."