OL Coaching Search Update: Why Grimes Stayed and What’s Next
Posted by Jesus Shuttlesworth
When Jeff Grimes left Austin late last week in his heart he wanted to be a Texas Longhorn. The money was right especially for a native Texan who wanted to return home. But one thing bothered Grimes about “coming home” to help fellow coaches Major Applewhite and Bryan Harsin fix 5-7. The time commitment. So much so, that Grimes felt the need to call Brown this weekend to discuss the significant time commitment all the coaches at Texas would be putting in to rehabilitate the program.
Applewhite and Harsin would be working consistent 16 and sometimes even 18 hour days to right the ship and as Grimes explained to Coach Brown, he didn’t know if he could honestly commit to that. You see Grimes has a growing family with young kids and to pick up that family and heap all of that pressure on his wife by leaving her home alone in a new home so Grimes could be at the office for 18 hours wouldn’t be something Jeff would be comfortable with in a new locale. And certainly ducking out early while all the other coaches were working was unacceptable as well. So Coach Grimes and Coach Brown agreed the fit wasn’t there and decided amicably to go separate ways this weekend.
As for a new candidate, we hear the focus now shifts to Joe Wickline. Mack would have waited until after this weekend anyway to target Wickline regardless of Grimes because this is Okie State’s big recruiting weekend and Mack Brown respects that. In any case, look for the heat to be turned up in that direction starting Monday. Wickline is apparently interested in what Texas has to say, but it will be hard to pull Wickline out of Stillwater because he is so highly thought of by the OSU administration. If Wickline falls through, look for other names like Klenakis, Strausser, and Searels to emerge. A Wickline hire would also give the Horns a solid chance to retain Chris Westerman.