Texas offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert (UT Athletics Photography)

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Texas formally announces hiring of Sterlin Gilbert, Matt Mattox

Current assistants Shawn Watson, Joe Wickline will not be retained

Posted December 12th, 2015

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Texas formally announced on Saturday that Tulsa’s Sterlin Gilbert will become the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the upcoming season. Matt Mattox, another Tulsa assistant coach, will be the Longhorns’ new offensive line coach.

Gilbert received a three-year contract worth $850,000 annually. Mattox received a similar deal worth $550,000, the school announced.

Texas offensive line coach Matt Mattox (UT Athletics Photography)
Texas offensive line coach Matt Mattox (UT Athletics Photography)

“I feel extremely blessed by this opportunity,” Gilbert said in a statement released by UT. “I’ve been looking forward to an opportunity like this for a long time, and we’re finally here. I’m excited to be on campus, and to get around our kids and our coaching staff. Coach Strong has been great through this process, and I just can’t wait to meet and see our kids.”

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Also, the school announced that current quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson and offensive line coach Joe Wickline will not be retained. Those two were out of the guaranteed portion of their contracts.

“Shawn’s been on our staff for five years, and I really appreciate everything he’s done for us here and at Louisville,” Charlie Strong said in a statement. “I’ve known Joe for a long time and have enjoyed working with him. They are really good coaches and high-quality people. I’m grateful for all they’ve done, but feel like with our new vision for our offense, we’re at a point where we need to look in a different direction in their positions. I thank them and wish them the best.”

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