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Kevin Sumlin expected to hire Texas QC coach target Noel Mazzone as OC at Arizona

The Longhorns were poised to add the former Aggies offensive coordinator to the staff before Sumlin landed the job in Tucson.

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The expected hire of former Texas A&M Aggies offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone as a quality control coach for the Texas Longhorns reportedly fell through this weekend after Kevin Sumlin took to head coaching job for the Arizona Wildcats.

According to Bruce Feldman, who hit the brakes on the Mazzone-to-Texas story on Friday, Sumlin will bring Mazzone with him to Tucson and continue the coaching relationship that began in early 2016 when Mazzone left the UCLA Bruins.

Even though the attempted hire didn’t work out for Texas head coach Tom Herman, the pursuit of Mazzone indicated that Herman is looking for ways to improve the offensive coaching staff.

Adding a 10th assistant in a co-offensive coordinator role remains a possibility, but with Assistant Director of Player Personnel Bryan Carrington serving in an interim capacity in that role, it’s likely that Herman waits to make a hire until after National Signing Day.

As for the offensive quality control position, a high school coach could emerge as a target there.

Given the ties of Austin Westlake head coach Todd Dodge to the school, he could be an intriguing addition for either one of those roles.