Texas head coach Charlie Strong continues to fill the vacant coaching positions. Longhorn fans are still waiting to hear names for several positions, including the next offensive coordinator. Here is where the program stands today.
Shawn Watson (quarterbacks coach) – Watson comes to Texas after serving as the offensive coordinator at Louisville. He will be tasked with developing Tyrone Swoopes and incoming freshman Jerrod Heard. A healthy David Ash will make this transition much smoother.
Tommie Robinson (running backs) – Robinson coached a USC running attack that averaged 172 yards a game, good for an average of 4.5 yards a rush. Texas does return its leading rusher from 2013, Malcolm Brown. Robinson’s job will be made easier if Jonathan Gray can return from an Achilles injury, and Daje Johnson and Jalen Overstreet overcome their academic issues.
Bruce Chambers (tight ends) – Chambers is still listed as the tight ends coach. Texas tight ends have been uninspiring since Jermichael Finley. Can M.J. McFarland be that guy? Chambers’ ties to Texas recruiting may help him keep the job.
Joe Wickline (offensive line) – This may turn out to be the crème de la crème hire for Strong. Wickline coached a line that help the Oklahoma State offense put up more than 450 yards of offense a game. His knowledge of Big 12 opponents will help the new staff in its transition.
Vance Bedford (defensive coordinator) – The former defensive back returns home to coach at his alma mater. Louisville lead the nation in opponent’s yards per game (keep in mind Louisville played in the American Athletic Conference). The Cardinals were tough to run on last season, something the Longhorn defense had trouble with.
Chris Rumph (defensive line) – Rumph comes from Alabama and the Nick Saban tree of coaches. The Longhorns are thin on experience at this position, so Rumph will have his work cut out for him. Cedric Reed returning for his senior season helps.
Brian Jean-Mary (linebackers) – Bedford will have a familiar face on defense as Jean-Mary coached the linebackers at Louisville. Again, the AAC is no Big 12, but Texas does return Jordan Hicks, Steve Edmond, Dalton Santos and Peter Jinkens.
Chris Vaughn (defensive backs) – Texas fans enjoyed a long run of star defensive backs coached by Duane Akina. That era has ended. Akina, who helped turn Texas into “DBU”, will be replaced by Chris Vaughn. Vaughn comes over from Memphis and is known for his recruiting prowess. Rivals named Vaughn one of the top 25 recruiters after he helped Ole Miss bring in its highly-ranked 2009 class.
Positions still open – offensive coordinator, wide receivers and special teams.