Texas Football: Former Rutgers HC a candidate for Longhorns DC job

The Texas football program has two very important vacancies to fill, and former Rutgers head coach Chris Ash could be in line to be the next DC.

All of the recent coaching shakeups that happened on the day formally known as “Black Sunday” brought sweeping changes to the college football landscape. Although they didn’t get rid of their head coach, the Texas football program did change a lot of their coaching staff around. Head Texas football coach Tom Herman kept his place, but both his coordinators are gone as are a lot of his positional coaches.

There will be a lot of work to do, to say the very least, for Herman to patch up this Texas Longhorns football program during the offseason. He’s also got a couple of assistant coaches and interim coordinators that he has to get adjusted to new roles heading into the postseason. Herman also likely needs to get an eighth win to keep the pressure off his shoulders heading into the offseason, especially if Texas lands in the Alamo Bowl or Camping World Bowl.

A couple of key defensive coordinator targets emerged early on for the Longhorns. Some are more realistic than others, but all options should be on the table for Herman and Texas athletic director Chris del Conte. Texas needs to hit big with this defensive coordinator hire, because that coaching position was such a revolving door over the course of the past 12 years.

Multiple sites that cover the Longhorns, including Burnt Orange Nation and Horns247, mentioned former Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash as a possible candidate to land the defensive coordinator job with Texas. Anwar Richardson of Orange Bloods also included Ash as a top candidate to replace Orlando.

Rutgers let go of Ash after another bad season in the Big Ten, and ultimately replaced him with a retread head coaching hire, Greg Schiano. But Ash is a good young defensive mind that could have a high floor for this Longhorns defense.

Black Sunday brought with it a ton of coaching changes. And former head coaches that saw the door last weekend, like Ash and former Mizzou Tigers head coach Barry Odom, could find other coordinator jobs rather quickly. Both could be in contention to land the opening with the Longhorns.