Hours after news broke that Tulsa Golden Hurricane co-offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert turned down the offensive coordinator position with the Texas Longhorns, president Greg Fenves, athletic director Mike Perrin, and head coach Charlie Strong are all reportedly flying to Tulsa in a last-ditch attempt to land Gilbert.
First broken by Orangebloods and confirmed by the Dallas Morning News, the initial reports only had Fenves making the trip, but the Austin American-Statesman believes that Perrin and Strong are both accompanying Fenves on the trip. And Horns Digest believes that tight ends coach Jeff Traylor is also on the plane.
At the moment, the only flight headed from Austin to Tulsa is a Beechcraft Duke owned by Tulsa resident William Allen and not the same plane owned by the Board of Regents that took Strong to Fort Worth to meet with TCU Horned Frogs co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie, but there are seemingly enough reports out there now to definitively say that the trip is happening.
If reports from earlier in the day are accurate, the Texas officials and Strong are trying to make up for failed negotiations with Gilbert that ultimately caused him to turn down the job. At issue, according to Horns247, was whether Gilbert would receive a two-year contract or a three-year contract and whether that contract would be worth anywhere close to the $1.3 million per year the Horns reportedly offered to Cumbie.
The Texas power players are now presumably ready to rectify those previous mistakes and make Gilbert an offer that he can't refuse, all while presenting a unified front to the Tulsa co-offensive coordinator in an effort to convince him that Strong does have the support he was seemingly lacking in the early stages of the search.
Gilbert is already Plan B in this search and it appears that Longhorns don't want to move on to Plan C.