Welcome Back Home, Gunter Brewer

This will run in today's TLV. It's a special feature or something. Just read it.

An Ole Miss coaching legacy will return to Oxford after a nearly thirty years with Gunter Brewer, the son of former Rebel head coach Billy Brewer, leaving his Wide Receivers Coach position with the Oklahoma State Cowboys to take up the same duties in Oxford. This hire is an exciting one on many levels, not the least of which are Brewer's already evident ties to Ole Miss. But do not think this hire is the result of some sort of cronyism; Brewer is a talented coach in his own right and should have a significant impact on the Rebels' offensive production and recruiting draw.

His most recent successes at Oklahoma State include Dez Bryant, a 2010 first round draft pick at wide receiver who had significant time on the playing field for the Dallas Cowboys this season, and Justin Blackmon, a sophomore Oklahoma State wideout who amassed more than 1,800 yards receiving this past season, earning the Biletnikoff award as the best receiver in college football. Looking deeper into Brewer's coaching past, his greatest coaching success story came during his time at Marshall where, under his tutelage, a young Randy Moss - arguably one of the greatest receivers in the history of football - first dazzled fans, coaches, and analysts.

As well as his coaching abilities, his recruiting prowess has been great throughout his career, something which is of heightened importance in the modern manifestation of the college game. This should mesh well with and even complement the recruiting abilities of the current staff, abilities which are already highly thought of as it is. This year, the Rebels look to ink a few elite high school wideouts. With Brewer, such could become the norm during Rebel signing days.

Perhaps most importantly though to most of us Rebel fans is the fact that Brewer adds an Ole Miss flavor back to our staff which has been lacking in such for a few seasons. The days of bringing in coaches who are closely related to the program simply because of their connections are over, but when you have the opportunity to do so with a coach boasting the resume of Gunter Brewer, that is a really rare and fantastic opportunity. And considering that he is essentially making a lateral move, going from coaching wide receivers at a winning Oklahoma State team to coaching wide receivers at a struggling Ole Miss team, one could easily argue that Brewer truly wants to be a part of this staff.

Brewer has had an impact on every program he has coached and has directed several college wide receivers to the NFL. This is evidence enough for his knowledge of the game, recruiting abilities, and work ethic.

So, really, what is there not to like about this hire? Brewer is an Ole Miss man through-and-through and an accomplished coach. He will undoubtedly be dedicated to continuing his coaching successes here in Oxford and will serve only to the betterment of our program. I very much look forward to having him as a part of our Rebel football coaching staff.

Hotty Toddy Gunter, and welcome home.

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