Defensive tackle coach Bo Davis will not remain with the Texas Longhorns as part of Charlie Strong's first staff in Austin, as Horns247 is reporting that Davis has accepted a job on Steve Sarkisian's staff with the USC Trojans. His contract with the Trojans is expected to be finalized in short order.
As a result, Strong will either look outside the program to find a defensive tackle coach, as defensive line coach Clint Hurtt will not be following him from Louisville as part of a show-cause penalty imposed by the NCAA as a result of Hurtt's involvement in the Nevin Shapiro scandal at Miami, or promote current defensive end coach Oscar Giles to defensive line coach, giving him a little bit more responsibility.
Giles has already been rumored to be a candidate to stay on the staff at Texas under Strong.
Davis had been hired by former head coach Mack Brown in early 2011 after the great purge of 2010 after working with Nick Saban for eight of the nine previous years at LSU, Alabama, and with the Miami Dolphins in the NFL. As a result, he had the reputation as an excellent coach and fantastic recruiter.
Time at North Shore High School in the Houston area, including coaching former Texas star defensive end Cory Redding while there, provided him some credibility with high school coaches around the state.
A&M defensive tackle commit Daylon Mack, a high-profile miss for Davis at Texas, sent out his good wishes via Twitter:
Congrats to my man coach Bo Davis on the USC job!!!! #ThatsHuge— THEE MACK TRUCK (@DaylonMack) January 7, 2014
And while the defensive tackle play over the last several seasons has been above average, Davis was not able to land a defensive tackle in the 2013 recruiting class after missing on A'Shawn Robinson and Andrew Billings and appeared on the verge of losing San Antonio Warren defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao to Oregon after a long Texas commitment, as well as New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine defensive tackle Courtney Garnett to grades, leaving only one pledge in the 2014 class.
The first member of Brown's staff to get replaced was football strength and conditioning coach Bennie Wyile, who will apparently give way to Strong's longtime friend Pat Moorer, set to follow Strong from Louisville.