Former Texas play-caller Shawn Watson has been hired as a quality control assistant at Indiana, Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson told reporters after Tuesday’s morning practice.
A school spokesman confirmed the news to the American-Statesman.
Watson kept a low profile since being dismissed by Texas coach Charlie Strong in December. He came to Austin as the Longhorns’ quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator in January 2014 and served as the team’s primary play-caller for 14 games.
Strong took the play-calling duties away from Watson after the 2015 season-opening loss at Notre Dame. Strong turned those duties over to then-receivers coach Jay Norvell.
After being demoted, Watson did not speak to reporters again the rest of the year. Watson was not retained for the upcoming season, and Strong has turned the offense over to new assistant Sterlin Gilbert.
Quality control assistants are positions generally reserved for those coming up through the coaching ranks. At Texas, Watson had initially a two-year guaranteed contract worth approximately $610,000 annually. At most schools, quality control assistants make only a fraction of that.
Watson was the offensive coordinator at Colorado (2000-05) and Nebraska (2007-10) before joining Strong in Louisville. Watson was Louisville’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2012 and 2013 and developed Teddy Bridgewater, who became a first-round draft pick.
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