Jay Norvell, who was Texas’ offensive coordinator for the final 11 games of last season, is leaving for another job, according to reports by 247Sports and Rivals.
Rivals is reporting Norvell is taking a position at Arizona State, where he interviewed this offseason to be offensive coordinator. However, the job Norvell is leaving for is expected to be that of a position coach and not offensive coordinator, which ASU filled with Southern Miss’ Chip Lindsey.
Last month, Norvell said “I’m not talking” when asked by an American-Statesman reporter if he planned to return to Texas in 2016.
Norvell landed softly at Texas last season after he was dismissed by Oklahoma. After one week, his wide receivers duties expanded when Charlie Strong demoted play-called Shawn Watson after a bad loss at Notre Dame and elevated Norvell. Though he orchestrated an upset over Oklahoma and exacted revenge against his former employer, it eventually became apparent Norvell was not long for the job, and after the season Strong hired Sterlin Gilbert from Tulsa to run the offense.
Still, Norvell appeared to have a job on next year’s staff had he chosen to come back.
Norvell’s departure means Strong will now be shopping for three assistant coaches. On Thursday, Texas announced that it had severed its relationship with cornerbacks coach Chris Vaughn, who is believed to have violated NCAA rules when he was on staff at Ole Miss.
Also, Strong must replace running backs coach Tommie Robinson, who left last month for USC. Earlier this week, Strong interviewed Toledo’s Anthony Johnson, who played and coached at Texas under Mack Brown.
Over the past two offseasons, eight assistants have left Texas.
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