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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Can the Longhorns retain running back guru Stan Drayton?

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Plus current and former Longhorns receive honors

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 31 Alamo Bowl - Utah v Texas Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Just as we thought the offensive coaching carousel may be coming to an end, news breaks.

As Burnt Orange Nation noted yesterday, Texas Longhorns associate head coach, run game coordinator and running backs coach Stan Drayton is one of three assistants currently being retained from head coach Tom Herman’s 2019 coaching staff, but that may be subject to change in the near future. According to recent reports, both the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams have expressed interest in bringing Drayton to their respective cities.

It’s unclear whether Drayton will stick around in Austin, especially given his longtime relationship with fourth-year Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was in part recruited out of St. Louis by Drayton during their time with the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2013.

Provided the opportunity, it’d be a hard one for Drayton to pass up. But can Drayton reason it enough to pass up a separate opportunity to coach a potentially generational talent in running back Bijan Robinson, a five-star 2020 recruit out of Salpointe Catholic in Arizona?

That, it seems, is the question at hand.

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NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12

  • According to a report in 247Sports, Texas cornerbacks coach Jason Washington will not be retained under newly hired defensive coordinator Chris Ash, after three seasons spent under head coach Tom Herman’s tenure with the Longhorns. Washington now joins the likes of safeties coach Craig Naivar, who was also told he would not be returning next season.
  • Texas women’s basketball (9-5) will continue their Big 12 Conference march on the road on Sunday at 12 p.m. against the No. 19 West Virginia Mountaineers (12-1), who currently sit atop conference standings. The Longhorns, currently 1-1 in conference play, are coming off a win over the Iowa State Cyclones, which was preceded by a loss to the TCU Horned Frogs.
  • The Texas women’s team isn’t the only Longhorns basketball squad that’s prepping for what will undoubtedly be a competitive weekend on the court. The men’s basketball team (10-4), who are coming off a loss to the Oklahoma Sooners earlier this week, will take on the Kansas State Wildcats (7-7) on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns have yet to win a conference match in their two-game stretch through the Big 12 so far.
  • Former Longhorn Tristan Thompson, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, scored a career-high 35 points against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night, helping to snap Cleveland’s five-game losing stream. Check out the highlights from Thompson’s big night below:
  • Texas offensive lineman Sam Cosmi and linebacker Joseph Ossai were among those named to the Associated Press’ annual “All-Bowl” team, joining the likes of LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow, who was named this season’s Heisman Trophy winner, and top NFL Draft prospect and Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, among others.
  • Four former Longhorns were honored among college football’s top 150 players of all time. At No. 54, there was linebacker Tommy Nobis, a two-time All-American and the 1965 Outland Trophy winner. Running back Ricky Williams, who was the second Longhorn to win the Heisman Trophy in 1998, was ranked No. 57. Quarterback Bobby Layne, a former All-American, was ranked No. 75. And quarterback Vince Young, who led the 2005-2006 Longhorns to a national championship over the No. 1 USC Trojans, was ranked No. 81.