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Friday, October 31, 2008
Greetings from Gopher Country


Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's almost November and you don't need a jacket here. This is a very good thing.

The weather is perfect and it's a shame Saturday's game will be played indoors. I arrived early this afternoon and spend most of the day at The U -- that's the University of Minnesota for non-locals. A very underrated campus, by the way.

You'll have to read the blog on Monday to get specifics about my hourlong tour of TCF Bank Stadium, which will open on Sept. 12, 2009. But let me say it's an excellent facility that Big Ten fans are going to love.

Before the tour, I spent a little time over at the football offices.

I met Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber and chatted briefly with defensive coordinator Ted Roof and offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar, who I know from his time at Northwestern. Roof asked me not to bring Minnesota bad luck. I replied that Wisconsin is 0-3 in games I've attended this season.

I also spent a few minutes with head coach Tim Brewster, who made sure to show me the view from his office of the TCF Bank Stadium construction. Brewster expects a tough game Saturday from Northwestern, even though the Wildcats won't be at full strength. Brewster also has checked out the Big Ten blog, which is always nice to hear. It's rare that you get to talk to a coach the day before a game, so I appreciate Brewster taking the time to meet with me.

He also introduced me to former Gophers All-American and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Bell, who stopped by his office. Pretty cool.

I'll be back in the morning with more updates, so check back then. Enjoy Halloween.