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Tim Brewster's biggest fans today are in South Dakota

Tim Brewster says he feels your pain.
Tim Brewster says he feels your pain.

Tim Brewster's biggest fans today can mostly be found in Vermillion, S.D. But back home, the Gophers' football coach has a target on his back after Saturday's humiliating 41-38 loss to the FBS Coyotes, and a previous skin-of-the-teeth victory at Middle Tennessee State.

"After a day it feels even bigger than it did yesterday," Coyote coach Ed Meierkort told KARE 11. "We're talking about hundreds of phone calls, e-mails and texts from people all over the country. We had the police escort us into town, students waiting for us at the dome -- this isn't a team win, it's a win for the university."

Say this for Brewster, he's really a guy who knows how to make lemonade out of lemons.

"I appreciate the people who are negative, because they have passion. At least they're not sitting there saying, 'No opinion,' " Brewster said a day after the ugly loss at the hands of the Coyotes. "There's such a deep-seated skepticism about our program, because there hasn't been a championship since 1967. That's a long time. So I have empathy with our fans who want to win a championship."

Just how negative are they? A (very unscientific) poll at the Strib has almost 75 percent of readers predicting a loss to USC this weekend by at least 25 points.

Here's Brewster's post-game chat with the press:


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