Mullen Confirms Gonzales Hiring

Mississippi State officially confirmed Tuesday's reports (see this page) the hiring of Billy Gonzales as wide receivers coach. This completes Coach Dan Mullen's assistant staff for 2013.

Gonzales was receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator at Illinois this past season, though for 2013 his title was receivers coach only. He is a SEC veteran, having coached 2010-11 at LSU and making his third trip to the B.C.S. Championship Game. His previous two were with Florida along with Mullen, both then aides to Urban Meyer, with victories by the Gators in 2007 and '09. Mullen and Gonzales also worked together in previous stops at Utah and Bowling Green.

"I've had the chance to work with Billy and the opportunity to add him to our staff was one we couldn't pass up," Mullen said. "His experience in developing receivers speaks for itself and he has consistently and relentlessly recruited top players at every stop of his career."

Also as reported, receivers Coach Tim Brewster—himself only hired last August—shifts to tight ends coach. His title now includes assistant head coach. Brewster was a college head coach at Minnesota of course, with other career stops in college and professional football.

"Tim and I had several conversations about the possibility of moving him back to the position he's coached for 18 years at the college and NFL levels," Mullen said. "He did an outstanding job leading our wide receivers to their most productive season last year, and is a valuable asset to our staff and his flexibility and versatility as a coach are appreciated."

Four-year tight ends coach Scott Sallach transitions to the role of Coordinator of Football Scouting. Quarterbacks coach Les Koenning continues as overall offensive coordinator; John Hevesy remains offensive line coach; and Greg Knox running backs coach.

One new development Wednesday was safeties coach Tony Hughes, the only defensive aide to have been with Mullen since his arrival, also having assistant head coach added to his title.

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