Tulsa’s Sterlin Gilbert has agreed to become Texas’ offensive coordinator, according to a report by 247sports.
Texas coach Charlie Strong needs to show substantial improvement across the board in 2016. He’s trusting a 37-year-old who hasn’t called plays at his last two collegiate coaching stops to transform the Longhorns’ offense and make them competitive in Big 12’s weekly wild west shootouts.
Gilbert, who is schooled in Art Briles’ offensive philosophies, holds the title of co-offensive coordinator at Tulsa. However, Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery called played this season for the Golden Hurricane, a 6-6 squad that will face Virginia Tech on Dec. 26 in the Independence Bowl.
Gilbert must prove he was the right choice, if not the first. Strong interviewed TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie on Sunday in Fort Worth, then the two met again on Monday in Austin. Cumbie turned down a three-year, guaranteed deal worth approximately $1.2 million, a source with knowledge of the deal told the Statesman.
That would have made Cumbie, who does not call plays at TCU, the highest paid assistant at UT by a mile. It’s unclear what kind of deal Gilbert will receive.
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