Another Texas Longhorns alum is coming back to Austin to join the staff of new head coach Charlie Strong, as there are numerous reports that Mississippi State Bulldogs offensive coordinator Les Koenning will fill the open position as wide receivers coach for Strong.
The Houston native and 1981 graduate had spent the last five seasons as the offensive coordinator in Starkville under Dan Mullen and previously spent time as the offensive coordinator for Dennis Franchione at Texas A&M. Koenning was also a graduate assistant at Texas for three seasons after earning All-SWC honors as a wide receiver for the Horns.
Since Koenning has been an offensive coordinator since 1998, with the exception of a year as the passing game coordinator at TCU, the move to Texas to take the wide receivers coach position appears to be a backwards move, as Joe Wickline will hold the title of offensive coordinator on the Texas staff.
Here's the take on Koenning from SB Nation's Mississippi State site, For Whom The Cowbell Tolls:
Koenning's development of quarterbacks in his time at MSU was noteworthy, including helping Tyler Russell set numerous single season passing records in 2012. He also helped bring along Dak Prescott, whose 2013 has fans expecting a record season from him this upcoming fall. With that being said, many have operated under the assumption that Dan Mullen calls plays for State, so Koenning's influence on MSU's outstanding offensive seasons in 2012 and 2013 is not total if notable at all.
Koenning hasn't coached wide receivers specifically since 1996, but spent 11 years at various schools coaching the position and may have some input on the offense given his experience as an offensive coordinator.