Sources have confirmed to LonghornDigest.com that Duane Akina is leaving the Texas program to coach the defensive backs at Arizona. Akina's move means that of Texas's nine assistant coaches employed in 2010, just three remain on the 40 Acres for 2011. Texas had filled all of those openings but one: the offensive line spot.
Consistently mentioned among the top defensive back coaches in the country, Akina helped to mold the Longhorn defensive backs into a force of nature from his arrival in 2001 through this past season. He earned the title of assistant head coach in 2003, then was co-defensive coordinator from 2004-2007. Akina went back to his assistant head coach title in 2008.
Akina coached three Thorpe Award winers, six Jim Thorpe Award finalists and 23 defensive backs who played in the NFL. Michael Huff and Aaron Ross won back-to-back Thorpe Awards under Akina's guidance.
Akina coached at Arizona previously from 1987-2000, spending time as a defensive backs coach, associate head coach, offensive coordinator and (briefly, for the spring of 2001) defensive coordinator. At Arizona, Akina tutored Darryll Lewis, the 1990 Thorpe Award winner and Chris McAlister, a Thorpe finalist.