Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Mullen shuffles Mississippi State staff
By Chris Low
Dan Mullen has added former colleague Billy Gonzales to his Mississippi State staff and shuffled some coaching duties.
Gonzales, who worked with Mullen for eight years at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida, will coach the Mississippi State receivers after spending last season as the co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Illinois.
"I've had the chance to work with Billy and the opportunity to add him to our staff was one we couldn’t pass up,” Mullen said. "His experience in developing receivers speaks for itself and he has consistently and relentlessly recruited top players at every stop of his career."
With Gonzales taking over as receivers coach, Tim Brewster will move to tight ends for the Bulldogs and take on the title of assistant head coach. Brewster coached tight ends at North Carolina and Texas before moving to the NFL and coaching the position with the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos.
Scott Sallach, who coached the Bulldogs' tight ends for the past four seasons, will move into the role of coordinator of football scouting.
Brewster was hired just prior to the start of last season following Angelo Mirando's resignation, which was tied to an NCAA investigation involving Mirando. The Mississippi State receivers had a big season under Brewster, who was the head at Minnesota for three and a half seasons from 2007-10 before being fired. Chad Bumphis, Arceto Clark and Chris Smith combined for 141 catches, 1,973 yards and 15 touchdowns. Bumphis set a school record with 12 receiving touchdowns, but all three of those players were seniors and won't be back in 2013.
"Tim and I had several conversations about the possibility of moving him back to the position he’s coached for 18 years at the college and NFL levels," Mullen said. "He did an outstanding job leading our wide receivers to their most productive season last year and is a valuable asset to our staff, and his flexibility and versatility as a coach are appreciated."
Gonzales is no stranger to the SEC. He was the receivers coach and passing game coordinator at LSU in 2010 and 2011. Before that, he was the receivers coach at Florida for five years and sent seven players to the NFL draft, including 2009 first-round pick Percy Harvin and Chad Jackson, a second-round selection by the New England Patriots in 2007.
One other staff move Mullen made Wednesday was giving safeties coach Tony Hughes the title of assistant head coach.