It’s official – Mike Yurcich is moving to Austin.
Aside from better weather in Central Texas, the former Ohio State Buckeyes passing game coordinator will inherit a Texas Longhorns offense that’s potentially stacked with talent in 2020, including a fourth-year starting quarterback in Sam Ehlinger. He will replace former offensive coordinator Tim Beck, who was demoted at the end of the regular season.
“... Mike is a guy who really stood out,” Herman said in a statement released by Texas. “I’ve admired his work for many years, he’s very highly regarded and respected in the coaching world, and in talking at length with him, I was extremely impressed with what he’ll bring to our staff.”
What was particularly attractive about Yurcich was his familiarity with the Big 12 Conference, Herman continued. Prior to Yurcich’s time at Ohio State, he spent six seasons coaching alongside Oklahoma State Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy in Stillwater.
“All of that said, what impresses me most about him is how he works with and develops players and the creative ways he utilizes all of his weapons on offense,” Herman said.
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NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORNS LAND AND THE BIG 12
- Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger wants to know where his potential stands in the NFL. Ehlinger, a draft eligible junior, is requesting feedback from the NFL’s College Advisory Committee on where he would be selected if he opted to forego his senior season on the Forty Acres. “I’m not spending any time really thinking about it, to tell you the truth,” Ehlinger told 247Sports. “I want to the win the bowl game [against the Utah Utes] and so I’ll probably evaluate and think about things from there.” Ehlinger later added: “I’d love to see where I’m at. I haven’t really sat down and talked to a whole lot of people about it just because I’m really focused on leading these guys and being the best that I can be for them. Honestly, going into this year, I didn’t really even think about it. I wasn’t considering that at all, so I just feel extremely blessed that that’s even a question that’s being talked about.”
Herman says that QB Sam Ehlinger has already gotten his grade back from the NFL draft advisory committee. The coach “absolutely” believes Ehlinger will be at Texas in 2020.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) December 30, 2019
- The Longhorns must find a way to woo back four-star defensive end Princely Umanmielen, who recently has been leaning towards the Baylor Bears. Originally committed to Texas, the prospect out of Manor High School opened his recruitment back up in October. During the time he was committed to Texas, Umanmielen had one official visit to campus in early September. Since then, he’s visited other programs, including the aforementioned in Waco.
- Texas men’s basketball (9-2) has a chance to rebound tonight against the High Point Panthers (3-8). Last weekend, the Longhorns accounted for an embarrassing loss to the Providence Friars – a performance that was pathetic on just about every front. The Longhorns and Panthers will tip off tonight at 7 p.m. Central in the Frank Erwin Center.
GAME DAY !!! Back at home.— Texas Men's Basketball (@TexasMBB) December 30, 2019
⏰ 7 pm CT
- Texas women’s basketball’s hot-hand continues. In merciless fashion, the Longhorns (8-4) bested the Northwestern State Demons (3-8) 91-49 at home on Sunday. Texas sophomore center Charli Collier lead the team in scoring, with 16 points on the day.
- Former Texas tight end Andrew Beck grabbed his first touchdown pass for the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Rookie quarterback Drew Lock tossed a 1-yard lob to Beck in the front of the endzone, giving the Broncos a 10-3 lead at halftime against the Oakland Raiders.
- It’s hard to imagine a world in which Oklahoma Sooners fans aren’t still reeling after their embarrassing 63-28 loss to the LSU Tigers in the opening round of the College Football Playoff over the weekend. Here’s how some of the Longhorn Republic and others reacted:
if only there was some sort of recently created GIF of a comical Oklahoma-related moment that could explain what's happening to the Sooners right now pic.twitter.com/l4lDwBT0L1— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) December 28, 2019
Oklahoma is setting the Big 12 back years.— Burnt Orange Nation (@BON_SBNation) December 28, 2019