Posted by Adam Jacobi
Today's most tantalizing rumor in college football, put forth by Pat Reusse on ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis, is that after being fired on Sunday, Tim Brewster went a little crazy and broke a trophy case at Minnesota before leaving the premises. If true, it'd be absolute professional suicide; nobody would want to hire a coach who can't even handle being fired without exacting vandalistic revenge on university property.
Slight problem: the rumor is totally untrue. A spokesman in the Minnesota athletic department told CBS Sports that the rumors were "completely false," and that it wasn't even clear where the rumors had started. Also, keep in mind: it's very much in Brewster's best interests to keep a rumor like this quashed, but much less in Minnesota's best interests to protect Brewster -- especially if the rumors were true.
But though everyone craves scandal and discord, this rumor doesn't even pass the smell test. For the myriad faults attributed to Brewster over the course of his campaign at Minnesota, at no point did anyone ever suggest the man had a temper problem, on the field or off. Heck, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema tried to flat-out embarrass Brewster's Gophers when he went for two late in their game two weeks ago, and what was Brewster's reaction? A terse exchange with Bielema and then strong words delivered calmly at his press conference. If Brewster wasn't going to whip himself into spittle-flecked histrionics then, when would he?
Further, it's not as if Reusse and Brewster don't have a long, sordid past. From the moment Brewster set foot on Minnesota's campus, Reusse -- who is also a columnist at the Minneapolis Pioneer-Press -- has been a prominent critic of his. The shared enmity reached its zenith after Brewster tweeted (and immediately deleted, except this is the Internet) this: "How would you like to wake up in the morning and look in the mirror....... If your FAT PAT??" Yep: fat jokes at reporters from a D-I football coach. That happened.
Reusse was one of the first to shovel dirt on Brewster's grave after the firing, calling Brewster's initial news conference "the least sincere pile of verbiage ever heard in Dinkytown." Reusse was right, of course, but it's pretty easy to see why he would be eager to pass along rumors of negative behavior by Brewster, aberrant and unsubstantiated as it may be.