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Report: Texas WRs coach Jay Norvell interviewed for Arizona State OC position

One of the few likely retentions on the Longhorns offensive staff may have a better opportunity elsewhere.

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

A capable performance as the Texas Longhorns play caller this fall earned wide receivers coach Jay Norvell an interview with the Arizona State Sun Devils on Sunday, according to Orangebloods.

Former Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell recently took the head coaching job with the Memphis Tigers, so Jay Norvell interviewed for the same position. Despite holding the co-offensive coordinator title at with the Oklahoma Sooners from 2010-14 and taking over play-calling duties for Texas after head coach Charlie Strong demoted Shawn Watson one game into the 2015 season, Norvell hasn't been the sole offensive coordinator since 2006, when he worked under Bill Callahan with the Nebraska Cornhuskers and did not call plays.

So landing the Arizona State gig would be a significant career move for Norvell and a no-brainer if he ends up receiving a job offer from the Sun Devils. If not, he'll have a decision to make about whether he wants to return to Austin next season solely as the wide receivers coach or possibly as a co-offensive coordinator. But based on his interview with Arizona State, he will likely have the chance to hold more responsibilities elsewhere than he will at Texas.

If Norvell leaves, tight ends coach Jeff Traylor is expected to be the only member of the current offensive staff to remain with the Longhorns, regardless of whether TCU Horned Frogs co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie accepts the position.