Here we go again, State fans.
After Florida plucked up former MSU defensive coordinator Geoff Collins earlier this week, it appears that another State assistant from the 2014 season may be on his way out as well. MSU co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales has interviewed for the head coaching position at Colorado State according to Matt Stephens of The Coloradoan:
I'm told that Mississippi State co-OC Billy Gonzales has now interviewed for the Colorado State job. Former CSU WR.— Matt L. Stephens (@MattStephens) December 21, 2014
Gonzales' name has been out there as a candidate for this job ever since former coach Jim McElwain took the job at Florida, but we now have actual news that Billy has interviewed for the job, confirming his interest in the position and the school's interest in him.
And why wouldn't Gonzales be interested in that job? He played wide receiver for the Rams in the early 90s, so getting a chance to get his first head coaching gig at his alma mater would be a tremendous opportunity. Personally, I'd be thrilled for Coach Gonzales if he gets the job, however he's only one of many names that have been mentioned in that school's search. Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo are two other names that have been mentioned as leading candidates at Colorado State, which means Billy will have some competition.
As it concerns Mississippi State, losing Gonzales would be a huge blow, maybe even as much as losing DC Geoff Collins. Billy has done an excellent job working with State's wide receivers: a position where MSU hasn't always been productive to say the least. That wasn't the case this year under Gonzales, though, as guys Bear Wilson and Gabe Myles grew in strides in their development. MSU may have its best set of wide receivers in terms of talent and depth as it has ever had in 2015, and a big reason for that is BG.
The Colorado State job has been open for awhile now (relative to how long college jobs stay open, at least), so we could know something soon on whether or not Coach Gonzales is headed to the sunshine state or staying in Starkville.