The second Texas Longhorns coach publicly confirmed their dismissal on Friday, as defensive line coach Mark Hagen tweeted out a goodbye to his now-former players.
Thank you Austin for a great year. Love my guys...wish them nothing but future success - Hook’Em! pic.twitter.com/G30Jtg9q7E— Mark Hagen (@CoachMarkHagen) January 9, 2021
Earlier in the week, offensive line coach Herb Hand tweeted out his own departure, while reports indicated that tight ends/special teams coordinator Jay Boulware and strength and conditioning coach Yancy McKnight were also dismissed.
Hagen was only at Texas for one season after leaving his alma mater, Indiana, where he had spent the previous four seasons, including a role as assistant defensive coordinator, thanks to a connection with defensive coordinator Chris Ash. New head coach Steve Sarkisian isn’t expected to retain Ash, either.
The Texas defensive line became a strength of an improved defense as the season went on, but Sarkisian apparently wants a recruiting upgrade at the position — former standout recruiter Tosh Lupoi was linked to the role, but apparently turned it down, and Sarkisian is now expected to hire Detroit Lions defensive line coach Bo Davis. Also known as a strong recruiter, Davis previously coached the Longhorns defensive line under Mack Brown.