The University of Texas will part ways with defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn over his alleged involvement in the NCAA scandal engulfing Ole Miss, according to a published report Thursday.
School officials did not immediately respond for comment to the American-Statesman.
Vaughn was a defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Ole Miss from 2008 to 2011. He joined the Memphis coaching staff in 2012 and then came to Texas in 2014 as one of Charlie Strong’s original nine assistants.
Orangebloods.com first reported Thursday that Vaughn, a well-liked assistant, would not return for the 2016 season. He originally signed a three-year contract prior to 2014 worth approximately $245,000 annually. The first two years were guaranteed; UT held the option for the third year.
Vaughn and fellow assistants Vance Bedford and Brian Jean-Mary were all entering their option year, but UT sources said new deals were in the works for all three.
Horns247.com, however, then reported that Vaughn was implicated in the brewing situation at Ole Miss.
The Associated Press reported earlier this week that 13 of the reported 28 NCAA violations were levied against the Ole Miss football program. The women’s basketball team and track and field programs also were implicated.
Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork issued a statement saying “many of the (football) allegations” dated back to Houston Nutt’s 2010 coaching staff, of which Vaughn was a member. Ole Miss has 90 days to respond to the NCAA’s charges.
Horns247 reported that sources said the facts against Vaughn “were damning.”
At Texas, Vaughn was responsible for recruiting the Houston area. He was the primary recruiter assigned to Nacogdoches’ Brandon Jones, considered the nation’s No. 1 safety prospect. Jones’ commitment is a key reason why the Longhorns finished with one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. “He is going to be a really unbelievable player for us,” Strong said on signing day.
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