Minnesota didn't give Tim Brewster enough time to turn the program around. But that's the nature of college coaching these days. If you don't make an instant impact, you are on the hot seat and the alumni are tossing gasoline on the fire and looking for a new coach.
Brewster got only 3 1/2 years. Four years is good enough at Notre Dame or Ohio State or Michigan but a school that hasn't been to a Rose Bowl in 40 years needs five or six years to turn the program into a consistent winner.
Remember, Kansas and Missouri and Iowa State and Virginia needed time to develop a winning attitude after they were down for so long. Brewster had the benefit of only two recruiting classes. He had eight new starters on defense this season.
I thought Minnesota was doing very well in recruiting during the last year. That is why there is a perpetual losing program in Minnesota because it changes coaches all the time. That's why Bill Lynch should stay at Indiana. He is doing a very good job under very difficult circumstances. Indiana is a basketball school and it has the worst football facilities in the Big 10.
Danny Hope is struggling at Purdue, too, but he is in only his second year. He needs five years to determine whether he can return the Boilermakers to the way it was in the Jack Mollenkopf era.
Remember, Iowa stuck with Kirk Ferentz and Wisconsin stuck with Barry Alvarez. And look where those programs are today.
Who will be Minnesota's next coach? The best bet is Marc Trestman, who played quarterback at Minnesota, was quarterback coach under Billy Callahan with the Oakland Raiders and coached the Montreal Alouettes to two Grey Cups in the Canadian Football League in the last two years. Trestman interviewed for the Minnesota job in 2007 with Brewster and Charlie Strong.
My personal favorite--for any college opening, for that matter--is former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, who succeeded under very difficult circumstances, demonstrated he is one of the most innovative offensive coaches in the country and took his team to 10 bowl games in a row.