UT head coach Charlie Strong listens as new offensive line coach Matt Mattox speaks at his introductory news conference at Royal-Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, on Monday December 14, 2015.

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Report: Texas hires veteran coach Charlie Williams to WR post

Posted February 15th, 2016

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Charlie Strong has moved quickly to fill Texas’ vacancy at receivers coach, hiring former Indianapolis Colts assistant Charlie Williams.

Orangebloods was first to report Williams’ hire on Monday, which came four days after receivers coach Jay Norvell left Texas for Arizona State. Texas later confirmed the hire.

The 2015 season was Williams’ 30th in a coaching career that has included stops in college at North Carolina (2007-11), Arizona (2004-06), South Carolina (2003), Miami (1993-95), Minnesota (1992), TCU (1988-91), New Mexico State (1986-87) and Long Beach City College (1984).

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Williams spent the past four seasons with the Colts — the first three with the team’s receivers before moving onto running backs last season. Last month, the Colts announced Williams had been fired as part of a major overhaul on offense. For what it’s worth, this marks consecutive offseasons Strong has hired a coach who had just been fired; Norvell was let go by Oklahoma before landing at Texas.

Indianapolis was Williams’ second NFL stop after he coached at Tampa Bay from 1996-2001.

At Texas, Williams inherits a large group of receivers who were mostly unproductive last season as well as recruits Collin Johnson, Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Davion Curtis.

The Williams hire comes two days after Texas announced it had hired Toledo’s Anthony Johnson for running backs coach.

Strong must still replace Chris Vaughn with a defensive backs coach.

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