Jimmy Garoppolo

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Conflicting reports about Texas offensive coordinator hiring


Texas has found its new offensive coordinator. Tulsa co-offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert, per a report from Horns247, has been hired by the Longhorns to take on the responsibility of bringing back respectability to the Texas offense.

Gilbert is a Texas native who has had coaching stints at Bowling Green and Eastern Illinois. It was at Eastern Illinois Gilbert coached quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who would later be a second round draft pick of the New England Patriots. Gilbert joined the Tulsa staff this season after being on the Bowling Green coaching staff last season under Dino Babers, who has just been hired to be the head coach at Syracuse. At Tulsa, Gilbert helped coach a bit of a revitalized offense at Tulsa, using the passing game to his advantage.

The hiring of Gilbert could be the first of many staff changes focusing on the offense at Texas. The Longhorns have struggled offensively for a few years now, and with head coach Charlie Strong criticized for the struggles as much as anyone could be, he needs to make some changes happen to try and steer things the other way in Austin before it is too late.

UPDATE: Well, it turns out this may not actually be as done deal as originally reported.