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Report: Texas to hire Purdue DB coach Taver Johnson

The Longhorns may already found the replacement for Chris Vaughn.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong seemingly wasted little time in finding a replacement for dismissed defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn, as Horns247 reported Friday morning that Strong will hire Taver Johnson from the Purdue Boilermakers.

The report comes hours after the school confirmed that it would not renew Vaughn's contract as a result of alleged improprieties when he was at Ole Miss.

"Chris did a tremendous job for us," 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."

Johnson spent the last two seasons as the defensive backs coach at Purdue after spending two years at Arkansas. While with the Razorbacks, Johnson coached the defensive backs in 2013 following a stint as the assistant head coach/linebackers coach. For a brief stretch in the spring of 2012, he was the interim head coach in Fayetteville when Bobby Petrino was fired following his infamous motorcycle crash.

The most successful stop of Johnson's career was in Columbus, where he served as the defensive backs coach from 2007 to 2011 and coached 2008 Jim Thorpe Award winner Malcolm Jenkins, along with three other cornerbacks selected in the NFL Draft during his tenure.

A native of Cincinnati, Johnson was a two-time All-American at Wittenberg University before beginning his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Notre Dame. He's also coached at Miami (Ohio) and served as the special teams coordinator for the Cleveland Browns for one season.

Texas is searching for a running backs coach and wide receivers coach in addition to a defensive backs coach.