Texas A&M football has officially pilfered Mike Norvell‘s first Florida State coaching staff.
Dec. 28, Norvell announced that he was bringing TJ Rushing along with him from Memphis. Nearly a month later, and after reports had it headed in that direction for the last week or so, A&M confirmed that Jimbo Fisher has hired Rushing as defensive backs coach.
Rushing had not officially signed a contract at FSU. As a result, he will not owe that school any type of buyout.
“TJ has an outstanding track record of playing, teaching and developing quality defensive backs,” the Texas A&M football head coach said in a statement. “He is a tireless worker, an outstanding recruiter and he coaches with a lot of fire and enthusiasm. He will make a great addition to our coaching staff.”
The past two seasons, Rushing, who played his college football at Stanford, was Norvell’s defensive backs coach at Memphis. He was also the Tigers’ passing-game coordinator.
From 2016-17, he was the defensive backs coach at Arizona State. He just missed working with Norvell on that staff as well.
Rushing started his coaching career as a graduate assistant (2012) and defensive quality control coach (2013) at his alma mater. His first on-field job came as cornerbacks coach at Northern Arizona in 2014. In 2015, he was a defensive assistant at Stanford.
Rushing is the second assistant Fisher has added to his coaching staff in as many days. Yesterday, Tyler Santucci was hired by A&M as linebackers coach. Santucci had spent the 2019 season in the same job at Wake Forest.
Fisher still has one hole on his staff to fill. Earlier this month, tight ends coach Joe Jon Finley took a job with Lane Kiffin at Ole Miss. In addition to tight ends coach, Finley will also be passing-game coordinator.