There is another position for Texas football head coach Steve Sarkisian to fill on his staff early this offseason. Texas now has to fill the spot on the personnel staff left open by the departure of director of player personnel Billy Glasscock.
The Ole Miss Rebels and head coach Lane Kiffin hired Glasscock away from the Longhorns to be their general manager on Feb. 1.
Glasscock spent three seasons with the Longhorns as their director of player personnel. Before he was hired by Sarkisian and the Longhorns to join the personnel staff a few years ago, Glasscock served in similar roles with the NC State Wolfpack and Minnesota Golden Gophers in the 2010s.
Internal promotion the likely route for Texas football to find its next director of player personnel
He played an integral role in helping to build this roster for the Longhorns that won the Big 12 Championship and made it to the College Football Playoff during the 2023-24 season.
But Ole Miss has taken an aggressive approach to building out their roster via the transfer portal to compete at a high level in the SEC and nationally, as they landed the No. 1 transfer class for this cycle in the 247Sports Composite. Glasscock will continue to help the Rebels with portal evaluations and roster management.
Texas has a few internal options for promotion to fill the director of player personnel role. It also isn't out of the realm of possibility that Sarkisian looks outside of the program to fill this role, as he did hiring Glasscock away from NC State a few years ago.
Here are three possible candidates for the Longhorns to replace Glasscock as the director of player personnel.
John Michael Jones, Texas assistant director of player personnel
Among the internal candidates Sarkisian and the Longhorns could realistically consider to replace Glasscock as the next director of player personnel is his second-in-command for the last couple of years. Texas offensive assistant director of player personnel John Michael Jones would make a lot of sense as the next in line to replace Glasscock.
Jones is an experienced personnel staffer who has spent over a decade at Texas in a couple of different roles. He has served as the assistant director of player personnel on offense for Texas since 2018. Before that, Jones' first role at Texas was in the recruiting department as an assistant for five years (2013 to 2018).
Jones knows the ropes and what the director of player personnel role entails at Texas. Promoting him from within or at least having him take on part of the responsibility that Glasscock had as the director of player personnel would be a logical move for Sarkisian to fill this role early this offseason.