Wickline To Join Longhorns, Reports Claim

Reports are now filtering out from various Austin, Texas outlets that specialize in covering the University of Texas football program that Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline has accepted an offer from new Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong to join his staff at Texas.

Wickline, who came to Oklahoma State along with current North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora as part of Mike Gundy's initial coaching staff, has become quite popular with the Oklahoma State fan base for his unique techniques in building offensive lines.

Wickline has had great success in taking less stellar players in recruiting and making them into very solid and dependable linemen. He has also produced a number of NFL linemen including former tight end converted to tackle Charlie Johnson, current Green Bay Packers backup Lane Taylor and Seattle Seahawks standout and former OSU All-American Russell Okung.

Wickline has been a good recruiter in his time at Oklahoma State as he was involved in the initial recruitment of running back Kendall Hunter and wide receiver Dez Bryant.

Wickline was making the highest salary of all the OSU assistant coaches at $462,000, which actually he and defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer were both making the same salary to top the staff.

There is a reported $500,000 buyout on Wickline's contract, which sources say Texas will pay. There are reports that claim Texas will pay Wickline as much as $1 million a year and that his title might include assistant head coach.

The process of hiring new coaches is not new for Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy as he has had to do that in virtually every offseason during his tenure as head coach.


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