As the coaching carousel continues to spin around the college football landscape after the conclusion of Week 13, Texas football is having some of its coaches involved in some of the candidate discussions. And one of the newest job openings that appear to have a Texas coach in the thick of the candidate discussion is with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
Tulsa let go of its longtime head coach Philip Montgomery after eight seasons at the helm. At one point, Montgomery looked to have Tulsa in the position of one of the Group of Five programs on the rise. Tulsa had its first double-digit win season under Montgomery in 2016.
But Tulsa was never quite able to reach that peak again, winning seven games at most in the last five seasons. And the struggles that Tulsa faced on the field this fall forced its hand with the departure of Montgomery. Tulsa wound up with a five-win campaign, thus falling short of bowl eligibility for the first time since 2019.
Moreover, the candidate that was brought up among those on the Texas coaching staff in connection with the Tulsa job opening is the first-year wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Brennan Marion.
Texas football WR coach Brennan Marion a possible candidate for the Tulsa HC job
According to a report from Burce Feldman of The Athletic on Nov. 27, Marion is a name to watch along with the former Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Justin Fuente as a possible candidate for the Tulsa job after the departure of Montgomery.
Here’s some of what this piece from The Athletic had to say regarding Marion’s candidacy for the Tulsa job.
"Marion helped Jordan Addison win the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver last year while at Pitt before moving on to Texas as the passing game coordinator. The 35-year-old used his “Go-Go” offense to put up big numbers as an FCS offensive coordinator at Howard and William & Mary before he moved up to FBS."
Marion was a star wide receiver at Tulsa in the late 2000s, registering more than 2,300 receiving yards and 19 receiving touchdowns over the course of two seasons with the Golden Hurricane.
This connection does make a lot of sense for Tulsa and Marion. If Tulsa is looking to go a different route with this head coaching hire in terms of a young up-and-coming hire they could make that could bring some real energy into the program, Marion could be their guy.
Marion is currently in his first season as Texas’ WR coach. Prior to taking the job at Texas, Marion was the WR coach with the Pitt Panthers and Hawaii Rainbow Warriors for one year each, respectively. He was also the offensive coordinator with the FCS William & Mary Tribe in 2018 and 2019.