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Reports: Texas hires Rutgers OC Drew Mehringer as passing game coordinator

Mehringer worked with Herman at Houston.

NCAA Football: Texas State at Houston Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Rutgers offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer will join Tom Herman’s staff at Texas as a passing game coordinator, according to multiple reports from New Jersey media and confirmed by multiple national reports.

However, there isn’t yet any confirmation from Longhorns media and it’s not yet clear if Mehringer is expected to also coach wide receivers in addition to serving as the passing game coordinator. So there may still be some details to sort out on the Texas side.

If the first-year Rutgers offensive coordinator does come to Texas, it will be because of his longtime relationship with Herman. The Mansfield native was briefly a quarterback at Rice under Herman before an injury ended his career. For his remaining college years, he served as a student assistant, then spent four years as a graduate assistant, the last two of them with Herman at Ohio State.

After joining the Buckeyes, Herman told head coach Urban Meyer that Mehringer was a guy he wanted to bring with him. According to Meyer, the decision to bring Mehringer to Columbus was a success.

“I love Drew,” Meyer told this year. “Drew was a big part of our success, very intelligent. I trusted Drew with a lot of things that I usually don't trust with young people."

When the new Texas head coach took the job at Houston in 2015, Mehringer joined him as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. Expect him to play a key recruiting role on Herman’s staff.

At the time of Mehringer’s departure to Rutgers, Herman called him the “brightest young coach in America.”