The Texas Longhorns may have finally found their guy.
A new report from Brett McMurphy at Stadium says Texas may bring on Ohio State Buckeyes passing coordinator Mike Yurcich as offensive coordinator as early as next week. That’s big news for Texas, after head coach Tom Herman has repeatedly said the program is taking its time in replacing former offensive coordinator Tim Beck, who’s spent the last three seasons at Texas and was demoted after the regular season finale against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Ohio State passing game coordinator Mike Yurcich, the top candidate for Texas OC job, expected to be named Horns’ OC next week, sources told @Stadium. At Thursday’s @Fiesta_Bowl availability, Yurcich wouldn’t comment on Texas & told me his “focus is 100 percent on Clemson.”— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 26, 2019
The only remaining question, aside from confirmation of Yurcich’s hiring: When will he join the Forty Acres? After all, his current employer is gearing up for the opening round of the College Football Football, in which No. 2 Ohio State will face off against the No. 3 Clemson Tigers. The winner of game will then compete against either the No. 1 LSU Tigers or the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners in the championship game on Jan. 13. As Burnt Orange Nation mentioned yesterday, thats just three days before the end of the dead period in recruiting.
Will it matter? We shall see.
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NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- Texas women’s basketball (7-4) will take on the Northwestern State Demons (3-7) on Sunday at 1 p.m. Central. The Longhorns are coming off a signature – historic, perhaps – win over the formerly top-ranked Stanford Cardinal earlier this week, earning them a No. 25 rank among the Associated Press’s top-25. Big 12 Conference play kicks off after Sunday’s game.
- Two former Longhorns were named to ESPN’s All-Time All-American team: Linebacker Tommy Nobis (1963-1965), a former All-American and Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy winner who was a part of the undefeated 1963 national championship team, was named to the first-team; Nobis would go on to be selected first overall in the 1965 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Former Longhorns punter and kicker Russell Erxleben (1976-1978), who previously set the record for longest field goal with a 67-yarder, was also named to the All-Time All-Decade team as a punter. He, too, was a first round pick in 1979 to the New England Patriots. According to USA Sports, he was the only three-time All-American punter in college football’s 150-year history. It’s not the first time either of the old school players have been recognized for their historic grit on the gridiron. See below, circa 2015:
- The West Virginia Mountaineers’ men’s basketball team (10-1) climbed to No. 22 in the AP top-25, after their win over Youngstown State. As noted in our neighboring SBNation blog The Smoking Musket, West Virginia is also No. 10 in the NET ranking, a key metric for the NCAA Tournament selection. As for Texas, despite their 9-2 start, they remain unranked after an embarrassing loss – for the second consecutive year – to the Providence Friars.