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WR coach Jay Norvell declines comment on return to Texas

The immediate future remains uncertain as the former play caller pursues other opportunities.

Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

As the focus has turned to recruiting, the future of Texas Longhorns wide receivers coach Jay Norvell has flown under the radar.

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The lack of comment from Norvell certainly suggests that no decisions have been made about his future in Austin, even though he has one year remaining on the two-year contract he signed at this time last year. As a result, the AFCA convention is an important networking opportunity for him as he pursues other jobs.

In fact, it was at the same event last year that Norvell interviewed with head coach Charlie Strong and former assistant head coach for the offense/quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson days after he was fired by Oklahoma.

Norvell previously interviewed with Arizona State about the offensive coordinator vacancy there, but was not able to out-compete Chip Lindsey of Southern Miss for that position.

With Strong hiring Sterlin Gilbert as the new offensive coordinator, Norvell will have to take a demotion back to wide receivers coach at Texas after serving as the play caller for the last 11 games of the season after Strong removed Watson from that position.

Whatever happens with Norvell, the next week or so could determine whether he'll be a member of the Texas coaching staff this fall.