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Report: DL coach Bo Davis ‘expected’ to remain at Texas despite interest from LSU, others

One of the most important members of Steve Sarkisian’s staff turned down an opening at his alma mater.

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Interest from LSU Tigers head coach Brian Kelly in replacing fired assistant Jimmy Lindsey with Texas Longhorns defensive line coach Bo Davis will not come to fruition, according to a report on Friday from Bobby Burton.

Landing Davis was reportedly a high priority for the Tigers.

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The three assistants under Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian who have left for other jobs took promotions, including two ascending to head coaching roles, but Davis is an LSU alum who also served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach under Nick Saban from 2002-05.

Davis is under contract through next February with a $1 million deal and should be in line for an extension and a raise in addition after the interest from LSU and other suitors. A former Texas assistant under Mack Brown from 2011-13, Davis joined Sarkisian’s staff three years ago after spending three seasons with the Detroit Lions and is known for his ability to develop talent in his position room.

This season, fifth-year senior T’Vondre Sweat won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors thanks to a breakout campaign and junior Byron Murphy was named the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year before declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft.

The departure of those two standout linemen increased the pressure on Sarkisian to retain Davis — the fiery assistant will need to turn in one of the best coaching jobs of his career in 2024 for the Longhorns to avoid a significant drop-off in the interior defensive line.