Utah’s quarterbacks coach, Brian Johnson, will accept a position on the MSU coaching staff – but we don’t know which position. He interviewed on Thursday.
Johnson was the Co-OC over the last two years at Utah, but was demoted to QBs only after the 2013 season. It is unclear whether he is going to be the O.C., QB coach or special teams coach. QB coach seems most likely.
Mullen declared himself the real QB coach this week. But Johnson is a very young coach who is known for his recruiting prowess, particularly the Louisiana area. That alone is reason to hire him.
This hire will fill the final spot on the staff, however, Mullen could still be searching for a special teams coach. After the 2012 season Scott Sallach was moved into an administrative role for a few weeks before Tim Brewster left when he went back to being the TE coach. He could do that again to make room for a ST coach, or he could be the TE/ST coach that we see so often on college coaching staffs – and it may never be announced as Mullen likes to keep everything a secret.