Minnesota Explains Why "Head Football Coach" Is The Most Important Job In College Sports

Minnesota Golden Gophers

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After six highly discouraging losses Minnesota has fired head football coach Tim Brewster and named his offensive coordinator as interim replacement.College presidents aren’t supposed to act like winning is the only thing that matters, which is why their football teams often quietly suffer through horrible seasons (and horrible coaching contracts) to avoid the embarrassment of admitting that you care more about the athlete than the student.

But with their shiny new stadium sitting half empty—except for the people booing—and alumni getting restless, U-M President Robert Bruininks, was forced to concede the obvious. They will pay Brewster a $600,000 buyout and will likely need to spend more than that to reel in a top-flight coach during the offseason. They also had to publicly acknowledge the painful truth:

“The fact of the matter is President Robert Bruininks knows, Joel Maturi knows, others know that football is the engine to every athletic program,” [Athletic Director Joel] Maturi said. “And our engine is sputtering, and we need to find a way to fix it, and we’re committed to doing so.”

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy, who is a Golden Gopher alum, has already turned down the rather thankless job.

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