Texas receivers coach Drew Mehringer is being considered for the head coaching position at James Madison University, a source familiar with the process said.
The school had “a number of candidates” express interest after Mike Houston left the school to become the head coach at East Carolina, the source said.
Mehringer could not be reached. UT coaches were recruiting this week in preparation for early signing day on Dec. 19.
Mehringer was James Madison’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2014. That season, the Dukes reached the FCS playoffs for just the second time in the previous six years. The offense set season a blizzard of school records, including 6,300 yards and 315 first downs.
Mehringer joined Tom Herman in Houston as a recruiting coordinator in 2015. Then he left to become Rutgers’ offensive coordinator in 2016. Mehringer, who was 28 at the time, was the youngest play-caller among Power Five teams. However, the team’s personnel did not fit the scheme as the Scarlet Knights ranked second-to-last nationally in scoring (15.7 points).
Mehringer left Rutgers after one season and rejoined Herman at Texas. In a statement released by UT at the time, Mehringer said “the opportunity to be back here, to be back near family, to be working with a group of guys I know really well and love and are great football coaches and great men, it’s incredible.”
This season, Mehringer and fellow receivers coach Corby Meekins oversaw the development of Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Collin Johnson into two elite-level Big 12 pass catchers. Humphrey has 1,109 receiving yards this season and nine touchdowns; Johnson has 945 yards and seven touchdowns.
Mehringer did not conduct any interviews with Texas media this season. Each week, only the offensive and defensive coordinators are made available to reporters, per Herman’s instructions.
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