While it seems as though the Texas Longhorns will lose at least one additional staffer in special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Derek Warehime, who’s taking his talents further west, Longhorns offensive line coach Herb Hand and running backs coach Stan Drayton are set to stick around for at least one more year in Austin, according to multiple outlets.
Report: Herb Hand and Stan Drayton To Remain At Texas https://t.co/HIiWdyCk4y— Longhorns Wire (@LonghornsWire) January 4, 2020
That’s significant news, given the impact coaching turnover has on the recruiting trail.
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NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- Five-star cornerback Kelee Ringo has chosen the Georgia Bulldogs over Texas. Ringo announced his intention to join Georgia head coach Kirby Smart’s crew in Athens at the Under Armour All-American Bowl last week. Ringo is the nation’s No. 10-ranked player.
BREAKING: 5-star cornerback Kelee Ringo has committed to and signed with #UGA.— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) January 4, 2020
Ringo is the No. 10 player in the nation and the top-rated signee in #Georgia's class.
Major get for the #Dawgs.
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- Texas offensive lineman Sam Cosmi will return for his senior season. Cosmi was named second-team All-Big 12 and honorable mention as Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2019. “After exploring my options, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be returning for my fourth year at the University of Texas,” Cosmi said as part of his announcement. “It has always been a dream for me and my family to earn my degree. I’m so excited to get back to work with my brothers and work toward a championship. Go Horns!”
- As Burnt Orange Nation noted over the weekend (and above), Texas special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Derek Warehime is set to become the offensive coordinator with the New Mexico Lobos. New head coach Danny Gonzales managed to woo Warehime away from the Longhorns, making him the third member of the 2019 coaching staff to become either an offensive coordinator or co-offensive coordinator elsewhere.
Texas special teams coordinator/TE coach Derek Warehime joins the list of Tom Herman assistants to become coordinators at another program. According to my sources, Warehime will be named the offensive coordinator at New Mexico. Third coach to be hired as a coordinator.— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) January 4, 2020
- It’s hard to imagine a world in which Texas Longhorns men’s basketball head coach Shaka Smart isn’t sitting on the hot seat at the moment, with his future as a head honcho on the Forty Acres in question. After all, Saturday night’s loss to the Baylor Bears was the definition of a belly-flop on the basketball court. Asked whether the performance was a one-off night during his post-game press conference, Smart responded, “I think our team has to get way better with rebounding the ball, because that’s happened in other games as well. The troubling thing is it’s been a huge point of emphasis in practice. So that is hopefully something that we have to get better at – fast. I think we shoot the ball better most nights from the foul line, from the three-point line. We’ve got to finish better around the basket. We’re a better scoring team in those three areas. But I think the combination of that and giving up so many offensive rebounds, obviously was the difference in tonight.”
- Last week, Pro Football Focus ranked quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who will likely opt to return to the Forty Acres for his senior season, as the No. 6 returning starter at the position for 2020. From Pro Football Focus: “After the Longhorns’ blowout win against Utah in the Alamo Bowl, Sam Ehlinger’s PFF grade improved to 90.5 — the sixth-best in the country. PFF recently debuted our wins above average metric (WAA) at both the professional and collegiate levels, and this only validates Ehlinger’s great play in 2019. Regardless of position, Ehlinger was the fifth most valuable in WAA and the most valuable among those to play only 12 games. Ehlinger can hit his receiver in stride across the field like most can’t. For example, on crossing routes, his 91.8 PFF grade ranks fourth in the FBS and is one of nine to be above 80.0. Including horizontal passes, Ehlinger is second in accurate-plus pass rate behind Joe Burrow. ... At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Ehlinger is a quarterback who can handle designed runs but can bail on the pocket a touch too soon. As a result, he has placed among the top 15 at his position in both 10-plus yard runs and broken tackles. While that style of play won’t carry over at the NFL level, it’s working for him in college.” There’s also this fun fact: