By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – Tim Brewster has been around the block, and his coaching journey has taken him through some high-end neighborhoods.
He’s coached in the Big 10, the Big 12, the ACC and the NFL. He’s worked for Mack Brown, Marty Schottenheimer and Mike Shanahan. He’s coached guys like Antonio Gates and recruited future stars like Vince Young.
Now Brewster is the new wide receivers coach for Mississippi State, having replaced the departed Angelo Mirando. The 51-year-old Brewster, Minnesota’s head coach from 2007 through his firing during the 2010 season, brings as strong a rampésumampé as any of MSU’s assistants.
And Brewster feels like the property values in Starkville are as high as anywhere he’s been.
“I’ve been blessed to have been around the best of the best, and I think Dan Mullen is of that same caliber,” Brewster said of MSU’s head coach. “He’s younger obviously, but I think he’s got an amazing future. I was really fired up.”
That’s a mighty big compliment from Brewster, who worked under Brown at North Carolina (1989-97) and then at Texas (1998-2001). He then headed to the NFL, joining Schottenheimer’s staff in San Diego, where Brewster coached Gates, a seven-time Pro Bowler at tight end.
He was with Shanahan’s Denver Broncos for two years before taking the Minnesota job.
“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, “wanting to step in and helping in this very difficult situation that we’re in. And for us to get the quality of coach we’ve gotten, we’re very, very fortunate.”
Brewster will need to put every bit of his experience and expertise to good use in this unique situation. He was playing golf Thursday morning when MSU decided on his hiring, and Brewster was at practice that afternoon.
He’d done TV work for Fox last year and had just signed on with the CBS College Sports network, and while he enjoyed that line of work, Brewster couldn’t wait to get back on the field.
“Timing and opportunity in life are so special,” he said, “and when the two meet, an opportunity like this comes up, it’s just something I couldn’t pass up at this particular point.”
For the immediate future, what Brewster can bring to MSU are his abilities to coach and motivate. He has mostly coached tight ends, but he noted that tight end and receiver have become very similar positions these days and that he likes to “cross-train” tight ends.
MSU has an experienced group of receivers, so that should help ease the transition.
Brewster is known for his passion and saying things like, “Let’s get your chili hot.” He made a good first impression on freshman receiver Brandon Holloway, who tweeted, “I like the (coach’s) passion!!”
In the long term, Brewster should help MSU on the recruiting side, too. At Texas he brought in Young, who quarterbacked the Longhorns to a BCS title. Last year, Rivals.com ranked Brewster as the third-best recruiter over the past decade.
“There’s no secret guys, I love to recruit, OK. I love to recruit because it’s the lifeblood of who you are in college football. I love the competition of recruiting.
“My battery is charged. I’m ready to get back at it.”
Tim Brewster file
* Purdue, grad assistant (1986)
* Central Catholic HS, head coach (1987-88)
* North Carolina, assistant (1989-97)
* Texas, assistant (1998-2001)
* San Diego Chargers, assistant (2002-04)
* Denver Broncos, assistant (2005-06)
* Minnesota, head coach (2007-10)