Gonzales, 41, owns national champions rings as an assistant in 2005-09 at Florida and has been a longtime cohort of Mullen. They worked together as well at Utah and Bowling Green under Urban Meyer. Gonzales oversaw wide receivers and also operated as co-recruiting coordinator.
He left the Gators a year after Mullen had, going to LSU for 2010-11 as passing game coordinator, the role he is expected to assume here at Mississippi State. He spent this past season as co-coordinator and receivers coach at Illinois. In his career he has coached in nine bowl games, including the B.C.S. title games for 2007, ’09, and ’11 seasons. He is a 1994 alumnus of Colorado State.
This hiring comes along with other shuffles on the offensive staff. After one season coaching wideouts, Tim Brewster will take over tight ends and in the process assume even greater recruiting duties. Current tight ends coach Scott Sallach, who has been on Mullen’s staff ever since the head coach took over in December 2008, reportedly moves into an administrative position.
Les Koenning coordinates the offense and coaches quarterbacks; John Hevesy runs the offensive line; and Greg Knox oversees running backs.
Mullen already had a busy winter revamping his defensive staff, accomplished before signing day. Geoff Collins is now the overall coordinator and linebackers coach, with Tony Hughes returning to run safeties. David Turner, who worked under Mullen in 2009, has returned to take over the defensive line. And Deshea Townsend has been hired to coach cornerbacks.
Mississippi State has issued no statements on any hirings or changes. Mullen and staff have been on a brief break after a successful signing day that procured his third top-25 ranked recruiting class.