Normally, a coach who guides his team to a bowl game doesn't get fired.
Tim Brewster is not your normal coach.
Brewster has the Minnesota Golden Gophers headed to the Insight Bowl in Tempe, but his relationship with athletic director Joel Maturi has become increasingly strained after the coach's name somehow got connected to the recent opening at Kansas. There was never any interest on Kansas' part, and the belief is that Brewster's agent floated his client's name in hopes of getting a contract extension.
"There are rumors that he's going to Kansas, so I don't know," Maturi said after hearing about the report. "What can I say? So I can't guarantee it, no. I can't guarantee the decisions of other people."
Public opinion has also turned against Brewster. A Star Tribune poll asking if the coach should get be fired or be given an extension wasn't close. Over 70% favored a firing.
Star Tribune columnist Jim Souhan made it clear where he stands:
"Brewster looked incompetent on the sidelines in the last three games of his third year on the job — against Illinois, South Dakota State and Iowa. He has ruined a productive quarterback in Adam Weber. He has fired a successful offensive coordinator against the wishes of his boss and replaced him with a coordinator, Jedd Fisch, who is overmatched.
"Brewster has proved otherwise insubordinate to his boss and has resorted to recruiting junior college players after three seasons on the job because his supposedly outstanding recruiting classes might be the product of the fertile imaginations that run recruiting websites."
Souhan finishes with this: "Maturi has three choices: Fire Brewster and hope he can hire someone better; extend Brewster's contract to remove the excuse that uncertainty over his future is damaging his recruiting; or dither.
"Dithering seems to be the worst of these three options. Even if you think Brewster should be fired, extending his contract at a low wage with a low buyout would give him a chance to succeed on his own terms and would remove any excuses for continued mediocrity."
Mason was 64-57 in 10 seasons. Brewster is 14-23 and only 6-18 in the Big Ten. With confidence in his program eroding, Brewster needs a victory against Iowa State on Dec. 31.