If you need another reminder just how the mighty Texas Longhorns have fallen, here it is. Six years removed from playing for a BCS national championship, Texas is now struggling to fill a vacancy at offensive coordinator after having Sterlin Gilbert of Tulsa choosing to stay put at Tulsa. This is a stark contrast to some original reports suggesting Gilbert was as good as done to be the new offensive coordinator at Texas just one day ago.
To continue the theme of some confusion regarding the situation, there are conflicting reports about whether or not Gilbert was even offered the job. College Football Talk contributor Zach Barnett reported via Football Scoop no offer was extended to Gilbert from Texas through Friday morning, which means there was no way Gilbert could have accepted or turned down an offer. Brian Davis of Austin American-Statesman drew his line in the sand over this story, saying there was a job offer in place, which was also reported by Gerry Hamilton of ESPN.
Whatever the case may be with the hypothetical or real offer, Gilbert is set to return to Tulsa and that is good news for the Golden Hurricane and first-year head coach Philip Montgomery. For Tulsa, they can move forward selling the recruiting pitch their offensive coordinator chose to stay at Tulsa rather than go to Texas. You can bet they will use that.
Meanwhile, the search will continue at Texas to fill a key spot on the staff. Texas may also have missed out on hiring TCU’s Sonny Cumbie in part because of the perceived uncertainty of Charlie Strong and his future with the program.
This time of year proves there is much confusion out there, and it can be difficult to suggest what is real and what is not at times. But the perception of texas football suggests there is massive room for improvement. We all know that though. This much we also know; Texas needs to hit a home run with its offensive coordinator hire. If they miss on this one, Strong’s future may not survive too much longer.