Big Ten lunchtime links: Brewster blossoms as coach

October, 31, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Happy Halloween. I'm all out of sweater vests. Any other ideas for a Big Ten-themed costume? 

While you ponder that question, check out these links. 

  • Despite mounting criticism of Ohio State's offense, head coach Jim Tressel still plans to have the final say in play-calling decisions, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
  • Minnesota coach Tim Brewster has shown that he does more than talk a good game, Jim Souhan writes in the Star Tribune. Brewster is acting less like a PR man and more like a coach.

"Brewster arrived in town eager to appear on every TV and radio show in town, eager to repeat his favorite mottos and talking points. When he proved unwilling to answer any questions with candor, and followed a summer of relentless promotion with a 1-11 season, he lost credibility faster than Alan Greenspan.

"These days, Brewster spends games barking at officials, spends his postgame news conferences -- even after victories -- seething at perceived and sometimes nonexistent slights.

"While he has become less likeable as a promoter, he has become more credible as a head coach."

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