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Mack Brown Coaching Tree May Lose A Branch

On New Year's Eve 2006, Minnesota held a 38-7 lead over Texas Tech in the Insight Bowl, only to lose 44-41. Gopher Coach Glen Mason -- the only Minnesota football coach with a winning record over the past 40 years -- was fired.

Now his replacement, Tim Brewster is back in the Insight Bowl, and the media is already calling for his head.

Minneapolis-St. Paul columnist Jim Souhan ripped into the Athletics Director, Joel Maturi, and then took on Brewster.

To summarize: 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.

The fans apparently are ready to show Brewster the door.

Tim Brewster is 14-23 overall and only 6-18 in the Big 10 at Minnesota going into the Insight Bowl.

Brewster has been criticized for going after too many JC transfers in recruiting, and Maturi didn't appreciate seeing Brewster's name being put out in the press as a candidate for the Kansas job.