UT head coach Charlie Strong watches his team warm up before the Baylor game at McLane Stadium in Waco on Saturday December 5, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Texas coordinator’s search: Little movement on Tuesday

Posted December 8th, 2015


Tuesday turned into a long day of hurry-up-and-wait as there was no apparent movement on Texas’ offensive coordinator search.

TCU’s Sonny Cumbie, who met with Texas head coach Charlie Strong in Fort Worth on Sunday and then visited the UT campus on Monday, was believed to be spending the day back in Fort Worth. He has been offered the job, a source familiar with the process said.

Tulsa co-offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert’s name has surfaced as a possible second candidate if Strong and Cumbie do not reach a deal. Cumbie does not call plays for the Horned Frogs; Gilbert does for the Golden Hurricane.


Gilbert played quarterback at Angelo State, had a brief stint as a graduate assistant on Art Briles’ Houston staff in 2005 and then started his coaching career in earnest in the high school ranks, including Texas high school stops in San Angelo, Abilene and Temple. He later spent two years at Eastern Illinois. In 2013, Gilbert’s offensive unit led the FCS in yards (589.5) and points per game (48.2).

That helped Gilbert land the co-offensive coordinator job at Bowling Green in 2014. In his only season there, Gilbert’s unit ranked 42nd nationally, averaging 432.9 yards per game.

Gilbert and Matt Mattox were both hired to become co-offensive coordinators at Tulsa prior to this season. Gilbert was the quarterbacks and receivers coach while Mattox managed the offensive line.

The Golden Hurricane averaged 502.8 yards per game, about six yards per play. Quarterback Dane Evans averaged an American Athletic Conference-best 329.8 passing yards per game. He threw 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Meanwhile, all that coaching must have rubbed off on Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson. As a senior, he completed 68.8 of his passes for 43 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Prukop considering Texas?: Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop, a Vandegrift High School product, told Fox Sports that he’s been released from his scholarship and will consider Texas, TCU and Oregon.

Prukop, a 6-2, 210-pounder, is expected to graduate this month and will be eligible to transfer and play immediately. He’ll have one year of eligibility remaining, just like Vernon Adams did before transferring and starring at Oregon.

“Oregon is my No. 1 school right now because of the shotgun-style of offense they run,” Prukop told Fox Sports.