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UT’s Gray accepts NFL Titans’ DC job

Jerry Gray

Well, here we go again.

After word first surfaced Friday that Texas defensive backs coach Jerry Gray was back in the mix for the defensive coordinator job of the Tennessee Titans, which was preceded by a fan/booster appearance that led some to believe he was staying in Austin, it appears that, yet again, Mack Brown is looking to fill a hole on his coaching staff.

Both OrangeBloods.com and TitanInsider.com are reporting that Gray has accepted the coordinator job with the Titans.  Gray interviewed for the position on Friday in Nashville, and was reportedly offered at least $1 million annually by the NFL club.

He was slated to make just over $400,000 in his first season back at his alma mater.

If the reports are correct, Gray’s “tenure” with the ‘Horns will last a whopping 26 days.  Gray was hired Jan. 17, moving from the Seattle Seahawks back to the place where he was an All-American defensive back.

UPDATED 7:24 p.m. ET: The Titans have confirmed Gray will be their next coordinator.  Here’s the Texas-related portion of Gray’s statement on his new job:

“I also want to thank Coach Brown and University of Texas. I know the timing of this isn’t ideal, but this was something that I couldn’t turn down.”

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11 Responses to “UT’s Gray accepts NFL Titans’ DC job”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Feb 12, 2011 8:31 PM

    Timing? Your weren’t back at your alma mater to set your watch and learn the names of the recruits signed last week. Deloss can’t buy everything.

  2. burntorangehorn says: Feb 12, 2011 8:32 PM

    Yep, not particularly happy about this. Manny Diaz was an underwhelming hire for DC and linebackers, so really the Texas defense is only strong on the defensive line coaching (Bo Davis from Alabama and holdover Oscar Giles). Oh, and I guess the head coach and wideouts.

  3. goldtoothbiscuits says: Feb 12, 2011 8:39 PM

    burntorangehorn,

    it doesn’t matter. i can promise you that nobody in Nashville could give a rats about him coming on board. UT shouldn’t care about losing him–trust me, it’s not a big deal!

    GTB

  4. goldtoothbiscuits says: Feb 12, 2011 8:53 PM

    Again, I could care less about him coming on board. Sorry for being hateful, I just think the titans made the wrong hire!

  5. centexhorn says: Feb 12, 2011 9:42 PM

    goldtoothbiscuits,

    You don’t speak for the entire state of Tennessee. It is a big deal for us because he is a great hire as a DB coach. Especially here, since he’s one of the most revered players to ever play for Texas. Why wouldn’t you think this is a good hire? Just because you don’t know anything about him? Do you even have a REASON why you think it’s a bad hire?

  6. centexhorn says: Feb 12, 2011 9:43 PM

    Maybe you people in Tennessee just hate EVERYBODY who comes from Texas. Are you gonna boo him, too? No wonder you never win at anything.

  7. WingT says: Feb 13, 2011 9:49 AM

    Why wasn’t Gray considered for the DC job at Texas in the first place?

  8. burntorangehorn says: Feb 13, 2011 10:18 AM

    That’s a good question, WingT. I thought Manny Diaz was a questionable hire.

    goldtoothbiscuits, just because you’re completely ignorant of who Gray is and what he brings doesn’t mean the rest of the fan base should be.

  9. gorilladunk says: Feb 13, 2011 5:26 PM

    Goldtooth…you need to understand that to ever criticize or call into question ANYONE who has ever set foot on campus in Austin is the same as heresy. Horns fans will not tolerate “one of their own” to be called into question. Didn’t you know that? Due to their AMAZING success over the last half century, NO ONE had better dare question anyone or anything about the U of T. LOL!

  10. dprouse says: Feb 14, 2011 10:48 AM

    I don’t get it – why would anyone leave a college job for the NFL right now? It looks like the lockout is going to be long and ugly, so unless Gray got specific language put in his contract guaranteeing full pay, he might get put on reduced pay along with the rest of the assistants. At least in college, you have something to look forward to this year – I get the sinking feeling that the NFL labor dispute is going to wipe out a large portion, if not all, of the 2011 season.

  11. burntorangehorn says: Feb 14, 2011 12:27 PM

    And in related news, Duane Akina has left Arizona to return to Austin, where he probably hadn’t even sold his house yet.

    http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/longhorns/entries/2011/02/14/arizona_confirm.html?cxntfid=blogs_bevo_beat

    As someone on a certain message board said, this was all obviously an elaborate ruse to screw over a Stoops.

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