Davis Had Offers; All Coaches Back For 2006

Texas Offensive Coordinatator Greg Davis recently declined "three or four" offers to coach at other programs but the entire Longhorn coaching staff from the 2005 national champions will return to help defend the title this season, head coach Mack Brown said Wednesday.

"Just about all of our coaches got job opportunities, Greg Davis included," Brown said. "I'm really glad that they stayed, especially Greg. It would have been a tough time to revamp an offense when you need to adjust a new offense around two new quarterbacks. I'm glad all of our guys have stayed, but especially those offensive guys who will be working around the passing game."

The Horns will mount their title defense with a freshman quarterback. RS-freshman Colt McCoy has a year in the system while Parade All-American Jevan Snead enrolled at Texas two weeks ago and will participate in spring drills. One of the fundamental questions to be addressed when spring drills begin on February 27 is the extent to which the program will overhaul its offense now that Texas' winningest QB Vince Young has declared for the NFL. That's why Brown is pleased with the consistency in his current staff.

"We're in a position where we stand to lose coaches every year now," Brown continued. "(Men's Athletic Director) DeLoss (Dodds) has stepped up and tried to help us keep them. They know it's a good time to be here but other people are going to try to get them. I've told them if it's better for them, we're for them. We want them to stay but if it's best (to leave), we'll understand. We'll go on."

An Athletics Department official told Inside Texas shortly after the Rose Bowl that any significant attempts to raid Brown's staff would come from NFL franchises. When pressed, Brown would not disclose which teams made overtures for Davis.

"I can't comment on it other than that he had three or four different opportunities," Brown said. "Like (Co-Defensive Coordinator) Gene (Chizik) being (Assistant) Coach of the Year last year and Greg being (assistant) Coach of the Year this year, they're very visible. When you score 50 points per game, a lot of people want to know why. You don't give all the credit to one player. They understand. They watched us complete three balls against Missouri (in 2004). They understood there is some coaching in the process."

The national champion Longhorns set new offensive standards for the program this past season. The Horns led the nation in scoring (50.1 ppg) and were second in D-I football in rushing offense (274.9 ypg). The 512.8 ypg are a school record and ranked third nationally in '05.

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