The Texas Longhorns now have an opening for a quality control assistant for the wide receivers with the Friday news that Kenny Guiton, a former quarterback with the Ohio State Buckeyes under head coach Tom Herman, is joining the staff of the Houston Cougars.
According to SI’s Pete Thamel and Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, Guiton will replace Darrell Wyatt as the wide receivers coach under Major Applewhite. Wyatt was reportedly dismissed after only one season at Houston. The school confirmed the news a short time later.
The move by Applewhite to fire Wyatt is mildly surprising given that he was likely the influencing factor in Herman hiring the former Texas wide receivers coach following the departure of Drew Mehringer for the Rutgers offensive coordinator job.
Wyatt was the co-recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach for the Longhorns in 2011 and 2012 before joining Applewhite as the co-offensive coordinator in 2013.
As for Guiton, he returns to Houston after less than four months at Texas — he was a graduate assistant under Herman and Applewhite in 2015 and 2016 after completing his playing career for the Buckeyes in 2013.
Given that Guiton has big ambitions in the coaching world — and that taking this promotion was basically a no-brainer — it’s not surprising to see him move on so quickly.
“I definitely wouldn’t mind being a head coach one day,” Guiton told CollegeSpun in an interview. “Right now, I want to be a positional coach. That’s no secret or anything. My goal one day is to be an offensive coordinator. Right now I feel like if I become an offensive coordinator, I could do some things to excel and show programs around the country that I’m capable of being a head coach. But that’s so far down the road. My main objective is if I can get a position job, maybe one day become an OC and from there we’ll see.”