February 28, 2013 9:34:26 PM
STARKVILLE - After days of rumor and conjecture, sources inside the Mississippi State University football program have confirmed tight ends coach Tim Brewster is leaving the Bulldogs program for Florida State University.
Brewster, 52, accepted the job offer as the Seminoles tight end coach and recruiting coordinator Wednesday evening and informed the MSU staff Thursday morning of his decision to work for FSU coach Jimbo Fisher.
First to report this story was Noles247.com and Florida State's rivals site, Warchant.com.
Just 15 days before Brewster made this move, he made these comments inside Humphrey Coliseum as MSU was announcing the official reorganizing of the staff that included the hiring of wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales from the University of Illinois.
"I'm in a great place in my career where you know, I can help where is needed," Brewster said on Feb. 13. "When Dan brought this situation up, it was absolutely natural to bring in a guy like Billy Gonzales. I go coach the tight ends and help Dan do some things administratively. You never know when opportunities are going to present themselves to you. I've had opportunities come up but where I'm at in my career the grass isn't always greener. I have been absolutely thrilled with Mississippi State and Starkville, Miss., leaving here and my wife is very comfortable here. Who knows what the future will hold but we're very excited to be a part of Dan Mullen's program and I think we're on the cusp of really doing something special with this football program and it's a great place for me and my family to be."
All messages for comment to MSU coach Dan Mullen or Tim Brewster have been unsuccessful and have not been returned at this time.
On National Signing Day, The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog asked Mullen about Brewster's ability to extend the recruiting brand beyond the state of Mississippi. Days later Brewster was named by 247Sports.com as one of the nation's Top 50 assistant coach recruiters.
"Tim is a great recruiter and did do a good job," Mullen said on Feb. 6. "I think all our staff did a great job this year within recruiting. One thing Tim brings us is being a head coach it kind of makes my life a little bit easier at times. Because he knows what I'm going through and he knows the thought process and sometimes what the head coach is dealing with. And someone good to keep bouncing ideas off of and being there and help with the recruiting aspect of things."
Less than four days after the scandal and ensuing resignation of Angelo Mirando that occurred 13 days before the 2012 season was to begin, MSU found the solution with hiring of Brewster, the former University of Minnesota head coach, fill the vacancy on the Bulldogs coaching staff. Last season, MSU receivers under Brewster set school records for receptions as seniors 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 and youngsters Robert Johnson and Jameon Lewis developed into reliable pass catching options.
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 on the day the hiring was announced in August. "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.
The interesting element for Brewster, an outspoken, recognizable but respectful coach, at his next stop is Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher doesn't allow his assistants to speak to the media during the season at all. After going through the drama of being the head coach in waiting during the final season of Bobby Bowden's tenure at FSU, Fisher calls that policy a "one voice, one program".
Brewster is the third assistant coach to leave MSU since the end of the 2012 season. Defensive coordinator Chris Wilson took the position of defensive line coach at the University of Georgia, and cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith left for Auburn University.
Starkville Daily News reporter Ben Wait caught up with Mullen Thursday night to ask him for a comment on Brewster leaving the staff at MSU. Here's what the fifth-year coach had to say:
"About what? He did a good job for us," Mullen said.
When Wait asked him about a potential move of Scott Sallach back onto the field to his original role of tight ends coach before the restructuring for Billy Gonzales, Mullen said "there's a good chance (but) since that all just happened today, I haven't really had a chance to sit down and go through all that stuff yet."
Brewster was expected to make a little under $250,000 this season at Mississippi State after getting the additional title of assistant head coach along with secondary coach Tony Hughes. The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog has been told Brewster will not be getting a significant pay raise at Florida State.
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