One of the major storylines surrounding the Texas football program in the last week or so is the looming search to find the next wide receivers coach. Texas lost wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Brennan Marion a couple of weeks ago as he took the offensive coordinator job under new head coach Barry Odom with the UNLV Rebels.
Head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns have since identified a good number of candidates to potentially replace Marion as the next wide receivers coach. And one of the hot names among the candidates to be hired for this position is the first-year Jacksonville Jaguars wide receivers coach Chris Jackson.
Jackson seems to be the favorite to be Texas’ next wide receivers coach from the various reporting and rumors we’ve heard coming out of this coaching search in the last few days. And according to a report from Anwar Richardson of Orangebloods on Jan. 20 (subscriber content), “all signs are pointing at Jackson taking the job” at the moment.
Texas football could’ve found their guy at WR coach in Chris Jackson
It is worth noting, though, that Jackson wouldn’t be announced as the official hire for this position until the Jaguars’ run in the playoffs is over. Jackson and the Jags are currently facing the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs on Jan. 21.
I think that Jackson will continue to deny any rumors or connections for him to the WR coach job at Texas until the Jaguars are officially eliminated from the playoffs.
Moreover, if Jackson weren’t one of the top candidates for this position on Texas’ staff, I believe that Sark would be more actively seeking out other interviewees in the last week or so. Texas did seemingly already move past the likes of the new Arizona State Sun Devils wide receivers coach/pass game coordinator Ra’Shaad Samples and Alabama Crimson Tide WR coach Holmon Wiggins.
Thus, Texas looks to be in a waiting game right now until Jackson’s squad is no longer in the playoffs.
Jackson is currently in his first year as the wide receivers coach in Jacksonville. Prior to getting that job with the Jags last year, Jackson was on staff under former head coach Matt Nagy as an assistant wide receivers coach for the Chicago Bears.