When Greg Davis had Vince Young and Colt McCoy under center at Texas, he was considered a very good offensive coordinator. When he didn’t, he wasn’t and subsequently “parted ways” with UT after Year 1 of the post-Young/McCoy era.
Now, we’ll reportedly get the chance to see whether the Longhorns’ loss after the 2010 season will be a Big Ten school’s gain in the upcoming season.
While it’s not yet official, Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman has confirmed that Davis has accepted an offer to become the offensive coordinator at Iowa. The report seemingly confirmed speculation that had arisen in recent days that Davis was a front-runner for the job.
An announcement could come as early as this evening. Davis would replace Ken O’Keefe, who left the Hawkeyes after 13 seasons to coach wide receivers with the Miami Dolphins.
Like O’Keefe, Davis had been at his job for 13 years — 15 straight years with Mack Brown when two seasons at North Carolina are added in — before stepping down shortly after the end of the 2010 regular season. During his final season at UT, and with Garrett Gilbert as the starting quarterback, the Longhorns finished 88th in the country at 23.7 points per game.
From the time Young became the full-time starter midway through the 2003 season through McCoy’s final year in 2009, UT never finished lower than 14th in that category or scored fewer than 35.2 ppg over an entire season. Three times in those seven seasons UT’s offense averaged over 41 ppg, including 50.1 during the 2005 season.