Gophers in need of a chef

When Bill Parcells left the New England Patriots because he felt he didn’t have enough input in personnel decisions, he uttered the phrase, "If they want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for the groceries."

Well, that’s not a problem in college football. A head coach can find that player he wants and works as hard as he can to convince him to come to his program. He’s the man when it comes to personnel.

The University of Minnesota elected to give "the man" Tim Brewster a contract extension. The two sides agreed to terms Friday, which will keep Brewster under contract through 2013.

Brewster hasn’t done much in his time at the helm of the Gophers. He’s just 6-18 in three seasons in the Big Ten and 14-24 overall. He’s led Minnesota to two Insight Bowl apperances, both ending in losses. It’s basically the equivalent of a basketball program losing in the first round of the NIT or WNIT.

He needed a nail-biting win over South Dakota State just to get bowl eligible last season. Funny how he doesn’t want to play the Dakota schools, yet he depends on victories against them just to land in third-rate bowl games.

What attracted the Gophers to Brewster to begin with was his reputation as a recruiter. This is what he brought to the table.

And his recruiting classes have often ranked pretty well by sites like, especially when you consider the meager records he has posted. Try going into a kid’s house and convincing him to play for a team with the resume the Gophers had last year!

But what good is recruiting if it can’t be developed into anything useful on the field. Untapped talent is just that.

Minnesota doesn’t need someone to shop for the groceries. It needs someone to take those groceries and make a three-course meal out of them. Dinty Moore Beef Stew simply won’t suffice.