The Texas Longhorns and defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn are parting ways, according to multiple reports. The school confirmed the news several hours after the original reports surfaced.
"Chris did a tremendous job for us," head coach Charlie Strong said in a statement. "He's a terrific football coach and a good person. However, circumstances have put us in a position that we are going to part ways."
The statement indicated that his employment agreement was not renewed by the school. His originally two-year contract expired at the end of January and the Longhorns opted not to pick up his option for a third year.
Vaughn is potentially implicated in some of the NCAA violations alleged at Ole Miss -- was the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator in Oxford between 2008 and 2011 under former head coach Houston Nutt.
A source told Horns247 the facts against Vaughn are "damning." Austin-American Statesman beat writer Brian Davis reports that the NCAA has a "thick file" on Vaughn, but also says Texas has no reason to believe Vaughn violated any rules in Austin.
Two Texas sources confirm that Chris Vaughn is being let go because of Ole Miss situation. NCAA has a "thick file" on Vaughn, source says.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) February 12, 2016
Source says Texas has no reason to believe Chris Vaughn did anything improper with Horns. Issues are all Ole Miss related.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) February 12, 2016
Vaughn has been on Charlie Strong's staff for two years, coming to Texas in 2014 from the University of Memphis. In 2015, Vaughn was named a top-10 recruiter nationally by 247Sports, finishing No. 8 in the country and one spot behind Texas linebackers coach/recruiting coordinator Brian Jean-Mary.
The Longhorns defensive back unit is young, plentiful and full of potential. Whoever replaces Vaughn will have an abundance of talent to work with and develop.