Several sources reporting late this afternoon that UT defensive backs and Assistant Coach Jerry Gray has agreed to terms in becoming the Tennesse Titans next Defensive Coordinator.
Speculation had become a game of tennis this week with Gray going, not going, then secreted off to Nashville via Houston to meet with new head coach, and long time NFL colleague, Mike Munchak. Coach Munchak wasted no time in conveying through the media his number one target for the Defensive Coordinator position was Gray.
In an interview stretching out two days, it appeared for all intents and purposes that he was gone. However, no one was willing to go out on a ledge with confirming prediction.
Now the formal wait is just about over and we should see a statement from Longhorns Sports Information shortly.
With that said, the frontrunners to replace Brown are reportedly ex-Longhorn Willie Mack Garza (fan fave at the moment), Van Malone, and Vance Bedford. However, additional names are sure to surface.
Coach Brown only thought his 5-7 nightmare was over. There is always a surprise ending to every story.
Update - 7:25 p.m. EST: ESPN's David Ubben reporting it is official. In a seemingly awkward situation with Coach Brown, the UT Administration, and Longhorn faithful, Jerry said in a release, "I also want to thank Coach Brown and University of Texas. I know the timing of this isn’t ideal, but this was something that I couldn’t turn down."
Update - 7:50 p.m. EST: Tennessee Titans publish official press release. "I am excited to have this opportunity," said Gray. "I have known Mike for a number of years and if he is a head coach like he was a player or a position coach, we are going to be in great shape, because he has had so much success and everything he does. I am looking forward to really getting to know our personnel on defense and creating a defense that takes advantage of our strengths. I am an old school guy that likes to get after the opponent, but you also have to have the players to that – you can’t force those things. Our defense will fit what we can do well."
Update - 8:00 p.m. EST: Official Mack Brown statement, "We're obviously disappointed that Jerry's leaving, but at the same time, we're really excited about the wonderful opportunity he had to be the defensive coordinator of the Titans. It is a chance for him to reunite with a lot of friends he went to the Super Bowl with who came up just one yard short of winning. That's the only place he would have left here for, and we want to wish him the best of luck."