Florida State continues its coaching staff makeover today with the anticipated hiring of Mississippi State tight end coach Tim Brewster to fill the void left by Billy Napier, who left to take a job at Alabama.
Brewster was set to begin his second season in Starkville after he was hired as wide receivers coach about a week before the start of the season, following the abrupt resignation of Angelo Mirando. The former Minnesota head coach was an integral part of Dan Mullen’s staff on the recruiting trail and is largely responsible for the haul of wide receiver recruits signed this season.
Prior to signing day, Brewster caused a bit of controversy when he spread the rumor that Ole Miss defensive line coach Chris Kiffin was leaving for a job in the NFL. Kiffin was one of the best recruiters in the nation this past season, was recognized as such by some recruiting publications and was responsible for bringing Robert Nkemdiche and Laremy Tunsil to Oxford.
That prompted this awesome response from Kiffin.
— Chris Kiffin (@Chris_Kiffin) January 21, 2013
It’s kinda funny how the coach that was using one coach’s rumored move (proven totally false) is the one who actually leaves. Brewster looked classless making that baseless claim then and he looks even worse now.
I think Mississippi State is better off without Brewster’s coaching on the field–he’s not that great of a coach–but his presence on the recruiting trail will be missed and that’s an area that State can’t fall too far behind in because they’re already fighting an uphill battle for various reasons.
Florida State gets a solid recruiter to add to the staff that lost James Coley earlier this year–he was one of the best in the nation and was lauded for his ability to recruit South Florida.
Whether Brewster can have that type of success is unknown at this time, but I have my reservations about feeling that he’s the type of person to achieve those same results.
Follow me on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt