Coaching Staff Countdown

It's rare at the University of Texas for the focal points of an offseason not to rest squarely on its players. The stability that comes with having the same head coach for 16 seasons will do that to a program.

This spring appears to be one of those exceptions, though, as the Longhorns prepare to embark on their first spring practice under new head coach Charlie Strong and his staff, which consists of only one holdover from the Mack Brown era (Bruce Chambers).

Because of this, LonghornDigest is going to take a closer look at each member of the staff leading up to the first day of spring practice on March 18.

On Monday we took a look at head strength and conditioning coach for football Pat Moorer [Linkkk].

Today we'll take a look at one of Texas' most recognizable hires, a coach Brown tried to get to Austin several years ago.


Joe Wickline


Offensive coordinator/offensive line


Graduate assistant at Florida, 1982-83; graduate assistant at Tennessee, 1984; offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Delta State, 1984-87; offensive line coach at Ole Miss, 1988-94; offensive line coach at Pearl River CC, 1995; head coach at SW Miss. CC, 1996; offensive line coach at Baylor, 1997-98; offensive line/running game coordinator/recruiting coordinator at Middle Tennessee State, 1999-2001; offensive line/running game coordinator at Florida, 2002-04; offensive line coach at Oklahoma State, 2005-13.

The Wickline Digest:

When it comes to offensive line coaches, Wickline's name has risen toward the top of the pecking order. Where to begin? Since arriving at OSU in 2005, Oklahoma State has had the No. 3 scoring offense in FBS (37.7 points per game), ranked fifth in total offense, fifth in yards per play and ninth in yards per rush. Perhaps most impressive, especially considering how much the Cowboys threw the ball, is that his offensive lines gave up the third-fewest sacks in the FBS over the past nine seasons. For as dominant as OSU's passing attack was, its running game may have been more impressive with four different backs combining for six straight All-Big 12 honors. Simply put, getting him away from one of Texas' Big 12 rivals is a rather large feather in the cap for Strong.

He replaced:

Stacy Searels

How he differs from Searels:

One of the main differences in the two coaches is the experience recruiting the state of Texas Wickline joined the program with. While Searels had plenty of connections in the southeast, Wickline has worked extensively in the Lone Star State recruiting for the Cowboys. Regardless, Wickline needs to thank Searels for leaving the cupboard in a better position talent-wise than what Searels arrived to Austin with.

Player he will most improve:

Junior OT Kennedy Estelle. Estelle has the physical makeup to be a dominant tackle in the Big 12. It's between his ears where you worry. Estelle, a high school All-American, was one of three Longhorns ruled academically ineligible for the Alamo Bowl. Given the turnover on the OL for Texas, Wickline is going to count on players like Estelle to fill gaps and play to their potential. He's an intense coach who will find a way to get the most out of you. Estelle better be ready.

Recruits will love:

Being coached by one of the premiere offensive line coaches in the country. His track record speaks for itself. Mack Brown knew it and offered him the offensive line position in 2011, which he turned down to stay at OSU. He's coached two Big 12 Offensive Linemen of the Year in Russell Okung (2009) and Grant Garner (2011).

Predicting coaching future:

Wickline has been a head coach already but really seems to be in his comfort zone manning the offensive line. This will be his first test as an offensive coordinator. If he is successful, look for head coaching opportunities to open up, as is customary for successful coaches at national powers like Texas. He knows the south and southeast extremely, including his time as a three-year letterman at Florida. If an opportunity rises from a school in that region in a few years, look for Wickline to take them up on the opportunity to become a head coach again.

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