The fallout from the putrid offensive performance at the Texas Bowl by the Texas Longhorns has apparently started, as Horns247 is reporting that head coach Charlie Strong won't keep two assistant coaches.
Longtime Mack Brown assistant Bruce Chambers is reportedly out as the tight ends coach after spending one season under Strong as the only member of Brown's staff who was retained. His career at Texas spanned 17 seasons, as he was the running backs coach on Brown's original staff upon arrival in Austin and likely managed to keep his job under Strong because of his connections to Texas high school coaches after serving as Dallas Carter's head coach for two seasons.
But the tight ends have underachieved under Chambers and his impact had seemed negligible on the recruiting trail, especially at his own position, which has yet to land a 2015 prospect with only weeks remaining until National Signing Day.
And wide receivers coach Les Koenning will reportedly follow him out the door. Koenning made the move from the offensive coordinator position at Mississippi State to return to the school at which he played wide receiver into the early 1980s.
Like Chambers, however, Koenning hasn't had much success in recruiting, missing on prospects in his Houston-area recruiting grounds despite his father's connections there as a longtime high school coach and failing to secure the commitment of wide receiver John Burt in recent weeks. Other than Burt, the Longhorns do not currently have any pledges at the position.
Throughout his career, he hasn't been known as a particularly strong recruiter.
The report also provides some names to watch:
Those names include former Texas tight end Derek Lewis, who is currently the tight end coach at Florida, and Oklahoma tight ends and special teams coach Jay Boulware. Boulware played offensive tackle for the Horns under John Mackovic and is originally from Irving.
At receiver, a name to watch is Ron Dugans. Dugans played at Florida State and coached for Strong and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson at Louisville. Dugans spent the 2014 season as receivers coach at South Florida.
The moves likely won't result in much of a change in the offense, but the potential changes could serve notice that Strong will move quickly when he feels like assistants underperform.