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  • Here's what we know.

    Texas has positions available at:

    Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
    Defensive coordinator/linebackers
    Offensive line
    Defensive tackle

    Additionally, you have the following rumors or expectations...

    * Bobby Kennedy, the wide receivers coach, may or may not be leaving the program.

    * Major Applewhite and Duane Akina were thought to be possible departures to Florida.

    **

    Let's start with Bobby Kennedy.

    I think it's 75-25 whether Kennedy stays or goes. At one point, I would have put that figure at 95-percent "out the door".

    I still think he's probably gone, either to Colorado or elsewhere as an assistant coach.

    But I think the percentage dipped considerably based on the departure of Will Muschamp because all of a sudden Mack Brown needed to fill five coaching spots instead of four.

    **

    As for Applewhite and Akina...

    Last week, the Texas football program sent an email to players parents that addressed the rumors of Duane Akina, Major Applewhite and George Wynn possibly going to Florida with Will Muschamp.

    In the email, Brown said those rumors were untrue.

    **

    I still think either Applewhite or Akina could leave for other jobs.

    However, I'd put those odds with Akina at remote. Very remote.

    For Akina to move, it would have to be the sort of offer that would truly change his family's financial situation.

    It wouldn't be about a significant "title" change or if he had another NFL offer to mull. Akina has proven time and again that he's not about an increased title or an opportunity to coach in the NFL.

    What he wants is stability for his family, to make a good living and to coach - simple as that. As long as Mack Brown and Texas provide that, he's not going out looking for jobs to further his career.

    For Applewhite, it's a different story because he's at an entirely different stage of his career. If he's offered an opportunity to call plays at a BCS level school and compensated appropriately for it, not taking such a position may jeopardize his coaching future.

    Again, I think it's unlikely either Applewhite or Akina move and that's not just based on Brown's email. But at least you'd have the justification behind it if they were to move.

    **

    At offensive coordinator, we have mentioned several names over the past couple of weeks, but I really think it looks like it is coming down to three primary players.

    Paul Chryst - Wisconsin
    Bryan Harsin - Boise State
    Major Applewhite - Texas

    Some folks like Harsin better. Others like Chryst. I like both of them, but I also think they would be "mercenary" hires.

    The first sign of success for either of them, and they'd be immediate head coaching candidates. In fact, both of them have already had head coaching overtures, just not ones they'd take.

    Maybe that's what the doctor ordered. An established OC comes in, Applewhite learns their theory or style for a year and then Applewhite becomes the OC when they leave.

    But offensive hires are different to me than defensive ones. They take longer to be fruitful.

    So what happens if you're only in year one of a new offense, and all of a sudden you have another change?

    An offensive merry-go-round is not a smart move IMO and that's what it might look like if you go with either Harsin or Chryst. Maybe they should be the hires, but just realize you're probably only going to get a year out of either of them if they have any success.

    **

    At defensive coordinator, everybody by now knows that Justin Wilcox of Tennessee has at least entered the fray.

    And most assume that Teryl Austin is completely out of the race. But that is not what I have heard.

    Both are supposedly under consideration.

    I think Wilcox makes more sense. He's schemed against the spread, the pistol and the option and he's seen true power football this past year in the SEC.

    Austin, meanwhile, has never had to scheme against the option or the pistol as a coordinator, or even a true spread. His lone year of being a coordinator comes in the SEC, where offensive play is not exactly the center of creativity.

    Some fringe candidates may also emerge.

    I think a couple of veteran SEC coordinators, John Chavis of LSU and Ellis Johnson of South Carolina, may get a call if Austin or Wilcox don't fit the bill. Or even someone like Phil Bennett, who was just let go from Pittsburgh.

    Johnson, Chavis and Bennett are guys who have been through the wars. They have a little more gray on them and may provide more of a stabilizing force to the defensive side of the ball.

    We have mentioned Everett Withers of North Carolina in the past but I don't think that is in the cards based on what I have been told, both directly and indirectly. And rumors of Randy Shannon being a possibility have been repeatedly shot down by people close to the program.

    Another name that has been mentioned, Jerry Gray, has not been contacted, we are told.

    So if you're looking at the defensive coordinator position, it looks something like this:

    Justin Wilcox - Tennessee
    Teryl Austin - Florida

    Then another group that could include:

    Ellis Johnson - South Carolina
    John Chavis - LSU
    Jerry Gray - Seattle Seahawks
    Phil Bennett - Pittsburgh

    **

    With the news that Steve Adazzio is no longer a possibility for OL coach, we bring back the names we have mentioned previously.

    Bob Bostad - Wisconsin
    Joe Wickline - Oklahoma State
    Jeff Grimes - Auburn

    One name that could be interesting is Rick Trickett, the OL coach from Florida State. But Trickett's style of coaching may not mesh with what Brown expects of his assistants.

    **

    Tim Cross continues to be a coach to watch for the defensive tackle position.

    This post was edited by BobbyBurton 4 years ago

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  • Great write up again Bobby.

    How long until you expect announcements to start being made in regards to the hires?

  • Good stuff as always, Bobby.

    My only question is, if it' in fact Harsin, would you expect the decision to be known rather quickly or do you think all the announcements will come together, once the staff is pretty much in place? Basically, if we dont hear anything in the next few days re: Harsin, can we assume anything?

  • I've always wanted Bennett on the staff, ever since SMU let him go. I would think he would be great to have on the staff, not necessarily as the DC, but he would be a heck of a position coach.

  • I think it's quite clear by now that we won't hire anyone and Mack will coach the OL, Dt's, LB's, QB's, as well as run the Defense and call the plays on Offense.

  • I wouldn't mind Wickline either. OSU lost all but one of their lineman from last season and didn't skip a beat this year.

  • I think he's hoping to name all of them on a single day. I don't know if that will be possible, but that's what I think.

    Chryst and Austin play on Jan. 1.

    Harsin just finished and Wilcox plays his bowl on Dec. 30.

    In the interim, I think the OL and DL coaches will be contacted and some may even visit campus like Adazzio on Tuesday.

    And then there's the WR position and you don't know what's going to happen there.

    Lots of moving pieces for Mack to pull off an all-in-one presser. But my guess is that is what he would prefer.

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  • Appreciate the info BB.

    Personally, I want it to end up like this:

    OC/QBs: Harsin
    RB: Applewhite
    WR: Brewer
    OL: Wickline
    TE: Chambers

    DC/LBs: Wilcox
    DE: Giles
    DT: Tutopi
    DB: Akina

    I'd take that group and feel pretty good about us turning things around. And that's second to none on the recruiting trail.

    I do agree with you that we don't want the OC job to become a revolving door, but right now we can't worry about that. We need to bring in the best possible hires and focus on winning next season. If our coaches are getting head coaching looks then that means things went well for us. At this point, I'd rather lose coaches to head coaching jobs because they were successful then keep them around because we had another so-so or bad year.

    And there aren't really any names out there for OC that I think would be long term fits. A guy like Norm Chow would stay forever, but I'm not sold on him and don't think he's the guy to fix the problems right now. Even Applewhite would probably be gone if he took over OC duties and was successful because you know someone will want to give him a chance pretty quickly. Especially a school in state that would want to capitalize on his name recognition.

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  • kevwun said... (original post)

    I wouldn't mind Wickline either. OSU lost all but one of their lineman from last season and didn't skip a beat this year.

    That was a very impressive coaching job. Very impressive.

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  • BobbyBurton said... (original post)

    The first sign of success for either of them, and they'd be immediate head coaching candidates. In fact, both of them have already had head coaching overtures, just not ones they'd take.

    Maybe that's what the doctor ordered. An established OC comes in, Applewhite learns their theory or style for a year and then Applewhite becomes the OC when they leave.

    But offensive hires are different to me than defensive ones. They take longer to be fruitful.

    So what happens if you're only in year one of a new offense, and all of a sudden you have another change?

    An offensive merry-go-round is not a smart move IMO and that's what it might look like if you go with either Harsin or Chryst. Maybe they should be the hires, but just realize you're probably only going to get a year out of either of them if they have any success.

    And there you have the inherent problem with "CEO" coaches, a fancy way of saying they don't do offense or defense. The only way you get continuity is when you have a coach that mediocre enough to not get any head coaching offers like Greg Davis. The only way you get elite coaching is to get a big time assistant coach who will become a head coach in a few years. Having OC and DCs both moving on every few years is just an unsustainable way to run a program. I hope our next head coach can lock down offense or defense so we only have to worry about losing and finding replacement on one side of the ball.

  • kevwun said... (original post)

    I wouldn't mind Wickline either. OSU lost all but one of their lineman from last season and didn't skip a beat this year.

    Best hire possible at OL coach IMO.

    1.Has been recruiting Texas, East Texas.

    2.Has proven to evaluate the state very, very well. Developed players too.

    3.OKlahoma State has run the ball very well since he has been there no matter who the RB and OL has.

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  • One thing I didn't say that perhaps I should have:

    I personally think it would take longer to install the Boise offense than Chryst's because Chryst has changed offenses based on personnel before.

    If you want to be better next year, my guess is that Chryst is most certainly the safer pick. He'll find a way to move the ball and win games. Not sure Harsin's ever been put in that position.

    This post was edited by BobbyBurton 4 years ago

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  • Bobby and Gerry,

    If you knew you were going to get a combo of Chryst/Bostad or Harsin/Wickline for OC and OL which of those two do you choose?

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  • LongviewLobo01 said... (original post)

    Bobby and Gerry,

    If you knew you were going to get a combo of Chryst/Bostad or Harsin/Wickline for OC and OL which of those two do you choose?

    How about Chryst and Wickline?

    If those are my only two options, I go with B because Wickline has been recruiting the state. None of the other three have any experience or connections in Texas that I know of. It may be overrated, but I think some of these four hires need to have connections built and experience.

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  • I guess my hope is that if it is Harsin or Chryst we are able to keep them for 2-3 years and let Applewhite learn under them. I agree though, Harsin and Chryst will be head coaches sooner than later. Hell, Chryst might be a HC after his bowl game.

  • Bobby, any thoughts on Lupoi at the DL position or Brewer at WR?

  • BobbyBurton said... (original post)

    ne name that could be interesting is Rick Trickett, the OL coach from Florida State. But Trickett's style of coaching may not mesh with what Brown expects of his assistants.

    **

    I am not familiar with his style of coaching, what is that won't mesh ?

  • VinceApplewhite said... (original post)

    Bobby, any thoughts on Lupoi at the DL position or Brewer at WR?

    Lupoi would be an interesting hire.

    I think Brewer would be an un-inspired hire IMO. The best assistants on that staff are Wickline and Bill Young. Maybe you look at Joe DeForest for special teams, but I don't think Mack will go that way.

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  • get off my farm said... (original post)

    I am not familiar with his style of coaching, what is that won't mesh ?

    He's four-letter friendly on the practice field, so they say.

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  • BobbyBurton said... (original post)

    He's four-letter friendly on the practice field, so they say.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZSy2JH8iu4

  • Gerry Hamilton said... (original post)

    How about Chryst and Wickline?

    If those are my only two options, I go with B because Wickline has been recruiting the state. None of the other three have any experience or connections in Texas that I know of. It may be overrated, but I think some of these four hires need to have connections built and experience.

    I really want Wickline for 2 reasons. First, if he recruits East Texas he can replace McWhorter there and we won't lose any relationships with coaches in that part of the state. And we all know that the talent in East Texas takes a backseat to nowhere else in the US. Second, you're taking a good coach and recruiter away from a conference opponent so you're weakening them while strengthening yourself. Always a good deal.

    What's funny is that I'd heard his name mentioned before, but never really heard much about his recruiting and always kind of just left him on the backburner. Now I think he's the guy. Take him now and grab your OC later.

    What other names are out there as potential WR coach hires if Kennedy does go? Or is it possible that come current coaches reshuffle to take over that position (Applewhite maybe) and we get a RB coach or something along those lines?

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  • What do you guys think of Manny Diaz from Mississippi State? Thanks.

  • The only bad thing, about having the coaching positions filled, will be that I will miss Bobby's daily "The Latest" posts. They have become addictive. I have to get my morning fix each day.

  • BobbyBurton said... (original post)

    One thing I didn't say that perhaps I should have:

    I personally think it would take longer to install the Boise offense than Chryst's because Chryst has changed offenses based on personnel before.

    If you want to be better next year, my guess is that Chryst is most certainly the safer pick. He'll find a way to move the ball and in games. Not sure Harsin's ever been put in that position.


    Agreed. As much as I would like to see Texas in a spread type of attack with multiple looks and "open" style of play calling that we've seen from a Harsin run offense at Boise, I think Chryst is the guy to go with if you’re looking for immediate results. Not saying Harsin couldn't do it, but with our current QB situation (up in the air a bit) and with one heck of a running back coming in, I think Chryst is more suited for the current roster in place. He has shown he can adjust his schemes when the situation calls for it. I think Mack is looking for more of that balanced style of offense without the "gimmick" plays in place. Considering the amount of missed opportunities in the red zone that we had this year due to a lack of running game (among other things), I know that has to be in Mack's mind as he ponders over his selection. I think that would certainly favor Chryst at this point. I will say however that Harsin showed a little bit in last night’s game that he can adjust when things aren't working. Utah seemed to have their number in the 1st Qtr., but the offense started clicking more in the 2nd and 3rd when a more concerted effort was made to start running the ball.

    No matter what, both would be great hires in the end and so I like the thinking that both of these guys seem to be out in front in the search.

  • texaztom said... (original post)

    The only bad thing, about having the coaching positions filled, will be that I will miss Bobby's daily "The Latest" posts. They have become addictive. I have to get my morning fix each day.

    Haha. It'll just be turned into the latest with daily recruiting and spring football (positions and battles).

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