It only took four days for Dan Mullen to find someone to fill the vacancy on his staff, with Tim Brewster being introduced as the new receivers coach at Mississippi State today.
The former Minnesota head coach spent last year working for Fox Sports, but said that while he enjoyed his year in the media, he’s happy to return to coaching.
“I can’t tell y’all how great it was to be back on the grass today. I missed it badly,” Brewster said. “Coaching is what I do best. Coaching is what I love to do the most.”
So how did Brewster end up at Mississippi State? We asked Mullen that when we spoke with him this evening. Brewster, who was sitting in the back of the room waiting his turn with reporters, piped in and interrupted Mullen as he started to answer the question.
“I came to him,” Brewster said.
Mullen laughed and smiled, “He came to me.”
Brewster said he was with his wife earlier this week and asked her what she thought about Starkville and him returning to coaching. It turns out, she was pretty positive. Brewster joked that she was ready to get him out of the house.
“Timing and opportunity in life are so special, and when the two meet, an opportunity like this, it’s just something I couldn’t pass up,” Brewster said.
The newest member of Mullen’s staff compared coaching in the SEC to his transition from the University of Texas to coaching in the NFL, saying, “You know you’re coaching against the best.”
For Brewster, he said it wasn’t just a good opportunity as a school, but that he was excited to be able to work with Mullen. He listed the three previous head coaches he’s been an assistant under (Mack Brown, Marty Schottenheimer and Mike Shanahan), all of whom he considers future Hall of Famers, and said he views Mullen in the same mold.
“I’ve been blessed to have been around the best of the best, and I think Dan Mullen is of that caliber. He’s younger, obviously, but I think he’s got an amazing future,” Brewster said. “I think he’s gonna go down as one of the great coaches in college football.”
Flying to Starkville earlier today, Brewster actually made it out to MSU’s afternoon practice and had a chance to be around his new players. He said he tried to hang back and get the lay of the land, but that his competitive side got the best of him.
“I jumped in and had a great deal of fun,” he said.
While he has never coach receivers specifically, Brewster said it won’t be a hard transition for him. He’s spent much of his career coaching tight ends, including perennial NFL All-Pro Antonio Gates with the San Diego Chargers. Brewster taught Gates all of the receiver positions, and even some plays in the backfield, so he doesn’t feel like he will be inexperienced.
“It’s a natural fit for me, so there’s no issue there at all,” Brewster said.
The most natural thing for Brewster, however, might be what he does off the field. Recruiting. He arrives at MSU with a reputation as a talented recruiter, and it’s easy to see the passion he has for it.
“There’s no secret, guys, I love to recruit,” Brewster said. “It’s the lifeblood of who you are in college football. I love the competition of recruiting.”
In particular, Brewster said he looks forward to recruiting the state of Texas, where he has “strong ties” after serving for many years on Mack Brown’s staff at UT, and the state of Mississippi, where he hopes to keep the homegrown kids at home.
“It’s gonna be a whole lot easier for me to attract kids to Starkville, Mississippi, than it is Minneapolis, Minnesota,” Brewster said.
Mullen said he expects Brewster to be the long-term solution at wide receivers coach after Angelo Mirando’s resignation on Sunday.
“I think we’re extremely, extremely fortunate to be in the situation we’re in and have a coach the quality of Tim Brewster wanting to come be a part of it,” Mullen said.