Shifts out at UT
Posted by Travis Stewart on 13 December 2012 | 0 comments
With Texas Tech losing and hiring a head coach in a week's time — and with that new head man, former Red Raider QB Kliff Kingsbury, sparking a fair amount of interest state-wide — it can be fairly easy to overlook Bryan Harsin's departure from Texas. Make no mistake; that move is going to stir some conversation, too.
Harsin left for Arkansas State yesterday to become a head coach, something most guys in a coordinator role simply aren't going to pass up. Harsin's two years running the Longhorns' offense weren't spectacular, but they were good enough to draw looks from other schools, especially in coordination with his fine body of work out at Boise State in the 2000's.
That left a familiar face in the void — Major Applewhite, one of the fastest-moving assistants in the country, got yet another promotion, keeping his title as co-offensive coordinator but inheriting Harsin's play-calling and QB coach duties. WR coach Darrell Wyatt will now hold the other half of the offensive coordinator role, and OL coach Stacy Searels, who's been pretty well-respected for improving UT's woeful line as of late, is now the assistant head coach for offense. Lastly, TE coach Bruce Chambers takes over the recruiting department after previously splitting the job with Wyatt.
Though defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has been rumored in conjunction with other head coaching positions over the past few days, the primary spot Mack will need to fill on staff right now is Major's old job — RBs coach. He leaves that responsibility behind now that he inherits the QB gig.