HD ONLY: The Latest on Texas Longhorns Offensive Coordinator Search, Bidding Farewell to 2016 and More

Welcome to HD Only - your one-stop shop for the latest Texas Longhorns news. In this week's report, HornsDigest.com answers your questions and recap what ended up being a year of change for Texas in 2016.



Q: So, you think we can assume that the last two spots on Herman's staff go to Stan Drayton and Tim Beck?

You know what they say when you assume … HAHA … But the names I’ve heard the most are Ohio State co-OC Tim Beck, Chicago Bears’ RB Stan Drayton and Florida State TE/recruiting coordinator Tim Brewster.

The two names that make the most sense to me - just to me - are Beck and Brewster. Simply because I know Tim Beck was on Herman’s short list when he took the job at Houston and ultimately hired Major Applewhite.

I’m double-checking this, but I believe Herman and Beck go all the way back to when Herman was a young WR coach at Sam Houston State and Beck was a high school coach in Texas (at R.L. Turner in Carrollton from 2002-04).

I heard almost from the beginning that Tim Brewster was likely to be a part of Herman’s staff at Texas. So I was surprised to see former Houston Westfield coach Corby Meekins, Herman’s TE/FB coach at UH last season in Meekins’ first year as a college assistant, as one of the first guys named to Herman’s UT staff. 

But then I was told it was very possible Meekins could coach RBs at Texas, which to me, meant the possibility of Brewster coming back to Austin (as TE coach/recruiting coordinator) remained alive.

I’m told out of absolute respect for Urban Meyer, Beck and the Ohio State players, Herman wouldn’t even pump-fake in Beck’s direction until Ohio State’s season is over.

Other than Beck, the other name I’d heard was Mississippi State QB coach Brian Johnson of Baytown. But he’s now Major Applewhite’s OC at Houston. 

So Tim Beck, Stan Drayton and Tim Brewster remain the three names I’ve heard most to fill Tom Herman’s last two spots on his offensive staff.



Q: Do you know how the players have responded to this coaching staff so far?

These players want to win and are willing to put in whatever work’s necessary to get that done. I’m hearing guys like Shane Buechele, Armanti Foreman and Breckyn Hager all left meetings with Herman (shortly after he got the job), and are already picking out the wall they want to run through on Herman’s behalf



Q: Let’s get the obligatory Brewster question out of the way. How do we look there?

We’ll see. I think he’s got a glimmer of a chance if Herman decides his staff should be completed with Tim Beck as OC/QB coach and Brewster as TE/recruiting coordinator with Corby Meekins coaching RBs.



Q: Chip I know this is not a Texas question, but what coaches are you hearing going to South Florida with Charlie from his previous staff?

Brian Jean-Mary will be the defensive coordinator/LB coach at USF. I’m told Sterlin Gilbert will go as OC with Matt Mattox as OL coach as well as Charlie Williams as WR coach.



Q: If Ohio State loses and with Florida State playing their last game Friday, and the Chicago Bears last game Sunday... we find out the last two staff members by???

By the end of the dead period, which is Jan. 11.



Q: Who called plays last year at Ohio State? Who calls plays this year for OSU?

Bottom line is it’s Urban Meyer’s offense. So whether it was Warinner calling plays last year and Beck calling plays this year, it’s still all Urban’s offense.



Q: You mentioned in the last HD Only you thought Tom Herman could get creative with his offensive hires. To make such a situation possible, do you expect TH to call plays?

That would be the MOST creative approach to running the offense - literally, if Herman took over it’s day-to-day operations. Don’t see that happening.



Q: After 12 games into this horrid season, should the fan-base be worried about Texas Basketball? Is Shaka Smart on the hot-seat next year should this continue?

I believe there are real problems with the Texas basketball program - specifically the way Shaka Smart is (or isn’t) coaching toughness. 

Shaka is a touchy feely coach as opposed to the old-school taskmaster. And right now what Texas hoops needs is an old-school taskmaster willing to kick these kids’ butts every day in practice.

Had three different sources tell me Wednesday they fear UT going 5-13 in league play (starting Friday at Kansas State). That would put the Horns at 11-19 for the season, which probably puts Shaka squarely on the hot seat going into the 2017-18 season.

I like Shaka Smart personally. But I aggressively opposed the contract raise and extension he received after one 23-10 season and NCAA tourney appearance - a flameout, upset loss to Northern Iowa in the first round last season.

The Horns have no point guard (although, I think Andrew Jones is the team’s best option to grow into the position). Every game, Kerwin Roach looks more and more like a freak track athlete trying to play basketball. Roach has no go-to move (other than a dunk) or move the coaches can build around on offense.

Tevin Mack has shown you glimpses of being a player who can deliver on at least one end of the floor (offense), while still serving as a defensive liability.



Q: Have you heard anything about an ETA for the announcement of the remaining coaching slots?

I’d say by the end of the recruiting dead period (Jan. 11).



Q: Who are your top ten players, as of today, for the 2017 season?

Shane Buechele

Connor Williams

Devin Duvernay

Kirk Johnson

Armanti Foreman

Breckyn Hager

Malcolm Roach

Malik Jefferson

Chris Nelson

Kris Boyd



Q: Any chance the OC (who Higs says has long been a done deal) is someone who is currently a head coach at a smaller school and this won't resolve till after signing day? This is rare but not totally unheard of. (Thinking Wells at Utah State)

I don’t think it’s a smaller school guy.







A blow-by-blow recap of 2016 for the Texas Longhorns' athletic program: 



Charlie Strong gets the ball rolling for 2016 recruiting class with the biggest official visit weekends of the Strong era at Texas:

- The month of January was huge for the Longhorns' future. It all began the weekend of January 16 when Texas hosted several top 2016 prospects on official visits. The weekend would eventually go down as one of the biggest official visit weekends of the Charlie Strong era.

RB coach Tommie Robinson goes to USC



2016 National Signing Day climb to the No. 8-ranked, 2016 recruiting class in the nation:

- Then head coach Charlie Strong and his staff felt confident with the 2016 recruiting class following in-home and official visits. Of the 32 total prospects to visit the Longhorns, Texas ended up signing 24, including five-star safety Brandon Jones, Malcolm Roach, Jeffrey McCulloch, Zach Shackelford, among many others. Texas finished National Signing Day with the No. 8 ranked class in 2016.

Defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn is dismissed from staff following his potential involvement in NCAA violations from his time at Ole Miss.

Wide receivers coach Jay Norvell hired at Arizona State

Texas A&M approaches defensive line coach Brick Haley to work under his former boss from LSU John Chavis

Texas Hires Anthony Johnson as Tommie Robinson’s replacement as RB coach

Charlie Strong hires Charlie Williams as wide receivers coach

Charlie Strong, Brick Haley agree to new, deal and raise through 2018

Strong Hires Clay Jennings as defensive backs coach, replacing Chris Vaughn



Jerrod Heard’s shoulder injury leads to a two-man spring QB battle between Shane Buechele and Tyrone Swoopes. The quarterback battle, in addition to the installation of Sterlin Gilber's new offensive scheme, were the two biggest storylines of spring football.



Shane Buechele’s spring game performance fires up fan base, could Texas start a true freshman QB against Notre Dame?



The constant negativity and lack of institutional control at Baylor leads to the dismissal of head coach Art Briles. Several 2016 signees seek to be released from LOI.



2016 NSD Round 2 - Baylor transfers:

- The horrific events that occurred a few miles north of Austin in Waco pretty much gave the Longhorns a second national signing day for 2016. Baylor released several 2016 signees following the dismissal of head football coach Art Briles. Of the players awarded a release from their scholarships, four-star prospects Devin Duvernay, Patrick Hudson and J.P. Urquidez all flipped their commitments to Texas, in addition to three-star athlete Donovan Duvernay. The additional bodies on the Texas roster catapulted the Longhorns' 2016 recruiting class to No. 3 in the nation, finishing behind defending College Football Playoff Champion Alabama and Ohio State.

Texas hires David Pierce as head baseball coach



Big 12 announces its desire to expand, looking to add two or four teams to the conference.



Fall Camp QB Battle: Swoopes vs Buechele

QB Jerrod Heard moves to WR

QB Kai Locksley moves to WR



Shane Buechele told he would start at QB as a true freshman vs. Notre Dame in season opener

Texas stuns No. 10 Notre Dame - 50-47 in 20T - with true freshman QB Shane Buechele leading the charge. Even after the final seconds tick off the clock, a sellout crowd remains well after the game to soak in the moment and cheer.

Texas goes from unranked to No. 11 in the AP Top 25 rankings following the win over Notre Dame

One week later, Texas goes to Cal and loses - 50-43 - to the unranked Bears as UT's secondary and defense collapses

Kent Perkins Arrested for DWI

Texas Drops Big 12 opener at Oklahoma State - 49-31 - Charlie Strong's 10th loss of 18 points or more in 30 games coached at UT

Chris Warren suffers a knee (PCL) injury just before halftime of the Oklahoma State game that ends his season. (Warren would later qualify for a medical redshirt for the 2016 season, meaning he'll be a sophomore in 2017)



Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford is demoted following the loss at Oklahoma State. Charlie Strong takes over as DC

Longhorns lose three-straight with loss to OU

Texas ends losing streak with win over Iowa State - avenging a horrifying 24-0 loss to the Cyclones in Ames a year earlier

After announcing in July the Big 12 would "actively evaluate" two to four candidates for expansion - the league announced it would not add any new members

In a 27-24 loss at Kansas State, Texas is unable to generate a single point off of three KSU turnovers in loss No. 4 of the season 

Texas stuns Baylor in home upset



D’Onta Foreman rushes for 341 yards in win over Texas Tech

West Virginia gives Texas first home loss of the season

Charlie Strong has chance to save his job by winning out against 1-9 Kansas and TCU - or possibly even by just winning at Kansas

Kansas shocks Texas in overtime

Multiple reports, including HornsDigest, say Charlie Strong is expected to be fired at the end of his third season 

Texas suffers loss No. 7 in a 31-9 blowout by TCU at DKR, causing the Longhorns to go 5-7 and miss a bowl game for second consecutive season

Charlie Strong fired as head coach following second-straight 5-7 season.

Texas Hires Tom Herman

Tom Herman Hires Assistants, including former Texas DE Oscar Giles as DL coach



Tom Herman nabs first commitment at Texas in JUCO kicker Joshua Rowland

Todd Orlando Hired as Defensive Coordinator, Craig Naivar hired as assistant coach

Four-star RB Toneil Carter commits to Texas, giving Tom Herman his first high school commitment as head coach.




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