According to a report from 247Sports’ Josh Newberg, former Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong continues to fill out his new staff at USF with familiar faces, as Strong will reportedly add former Longhorns offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert and offensive line coach Matt Mattox.
The two joined Strong’s staff prior to the 2016 season and Strong quite literally went above and beyond to secure Gilbert as his offensive coordinator last season by flying to Tulsa with the burnt orange brass for a late night meeting to persuade the 38-year-old play-caller to come to Austin.
As Burnt Orange Nation’s Wescott Ebert’s recently elaborated on, Strong’s inability to establish alignment with his coaching staff proved to be a critical element in his downfall at Texas. It appears Strong may have learned from his previous mistakes by bringing Gilbert and Mattox with him to USF after new Texas head coach Tom Herman went without retaining any staff members from the previous regime.
Though Gilbert and Mattox spent only one season together on the Texas coaching staff, the two have been together since 2013 with multiple one-year stops at Eastern Illinois, Bowling Green, Tulsa, and of course, Texas.