August 24, 2012 7:10:41 AM
STARKVILLE - For Tim Brewster the opportunity to become the new wide receivers coach at Mississippi State University was about more than money, job title and responsibility.
The former University of Minnesota head coach said Thursday he reached out to MSU head coach Dan Mullen about the vacancy left by Angelo Mirando's resignation because of the fit.
"This is something I looked forward to in getting back to coaching because coaching is what I do best and love to do the most," Brewster said. "Timing and opportunity in life is so special. When the two meet, it becomes something you just can't pass up."
Brewster first arrived in Starkville Wednesday evening and flew back to his home in North Carolina to discuss the opening with his wife Cathleen.
After playing three holes of golf, Mullen called Brewster back with a job offer.
"I had to excuse myself on the golf course because I knew right then I had to pack a bag and get back to Starkville," Brewster said. "
By Thursday afternoon, Brewster was already on the practice field in maroon and white MSU gear working with his wide receiver position group.
Brewster, 51, said it was the opportunity to work in the Southeastern Conference and with Mullen, who he said will "go down as one of the great coaches in college football" as the most attractive features to the opportunity.
"It's not about jobs, it's about people," Brewster said. "I've had a chance to work with 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 and we're similar in nature."
Before taking the Minnesota opening in 2007, Brewster spent three seasons coaching tight ends in the National Football League with the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. At those professional football stops Brewster worked for head coach Marty Schottenheimer and Mike Shanahan.
"The opportunity to coach in the SEC is very much like the opportunity I had to coach in the National Football League because you know you're coaching against the best," Brewster said. "The Southeastern Conference is the best league in America and there's no dispute there guys."
Prior to working in the NFL, Brewster worked for 14 years as the tight ends at the University of Texas and University of North Carolina under head coach Mack Brown and was known for his recruiting prowess.
"My battery is charged and I'm extremely excited about going into the state of Texas for recruiting because I've got some really strong ties there," Brewster said. "It's going to be a whole lot easier for me to attract kids to Starkville, Mississippi than it is Minneapolis, Minnesota. I don't think there's any secret guys, I love to recruit. It's the lifeblood of who you are in college football."
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