ESPN Rumor Blog: Latest on TEXAS Cordinators search
Bobby Burton of Hookem.com said on Thursday morning that it looks as if Texas’ offensive coordinator opening is coming down to three names: current RB coach Major Applewhite, Wisconsin OC Paul Chryst and Boise State OC Bryan Harsin. The consensus seems to be that Chryst would be able to adapt to the existing personnel, while with Harsin the Longhorns might endure a year of growing pains. Either could mentor Applewhite for a year or two before moving on to a head-coaching job.
At DC, Burton hears the names of Tennessee DC Justin Wilcox, whom we told you about earlier on Thursday, and still of Florida DC Teryl Austin, who was thought to be out of the picture but who Burton says is still under consideration. There are also several possible second-tier candidates: South Carolina’s Ellis Johnson, LSU’s John Chavis and former Pittsburgh DC Phil Bennett. Other names such as New Mexico State coach DeWayne Walker, North Carolina DC Everett Withers, former Miami caoch Randy Shannon and Seattle Seahawks DB coach Jerry Gray seem to be nonstarters.
Burton also thinks that Mack Brown wants to announce all his new assistants on the same day, which is why we might have to wait until January, when all the coaches are done with their bowl games, for any official movement.