UT defensive coordinator Vance Bedford during the game against RICE at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday September 12, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Vance Bedford on staff changes: ‘Charlie hasn’t said anything to anybody’

Posted December 2nd, 2015

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Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford admits his unit may be “one of the worst” in school history. However, he’s not sure what kind of assistant coaching changes Charlie Strong has planned this offseason.

“Bum Phillips said back in the ‘70s there are two kinds of coaches — coaches who have been fired or coaches about to be fired,” said Bedford, who has been with Strong since 2010 going back to their days at Louisville. “So every year, am I concerned about not having a job? Of course I am.

“Charlie hasn’t said anything to anybody, but as the head coach, that’s what they’re supposed to do,” Bedford added. “To keep coaches working hard, to keep them on edge, a lot of times you don’t tell them certain things. Therefore, you stay motivated.”

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Speculation has centered on whether Strong will make changes to his offensive staff, possibly releasing Shawn Watson, Joe Wickline and Tommie Robinson. All three are in the final year of the guaranteed portion of their contracts.

The American-Statesman reported on Tuesday that TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie is interested in coming to Austin. Current UT play-caller Jay Norvell told reporters on Tuesday night that, “Things are gonna get worked out here.”

Barring a stout performance against Baylor, Bedford’s 2015 defense will finish the year as the worst statistical unit in Texas history. Strong has said he believes the Longhorns need one more recruiting class to turn the corner.

“I’m going to take the fifth on that,” Bedford said. “But I do think that you need to get a class that’s better than the class we got this past year. And I think that’s a really good class.”

Bedford said he believes UT needs more depth across the board defensively “to challenge the guys that are already here.

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