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Charlie Strong: Wickline will call plays, Watson will be involved

Posted January 15th, 2014

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Charlie Strong unveiled the new Texas coaching staff Wednesday afternoon just hours before the group fans out all over the state to hit the recruiting trail.

Strong said new offensive coordinator Joe Wickline will be the team’s play-caller, and assistant head coach Shawn Watson will work with the quarterbacks.

“He’s going to be involved, so he’s not just totally out of it,” Strong said of Watson, who was his play-caller at Louisville.

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The offensive coordinator decision was the only major question remaining as individual members of Strong’s staff trickled in over the last week.

Wickline, who had been at Oklahoma State since 2005, has language in his contract that he must be named “offensive coordinator (with play caling duties)” or Texas would owe a $600,000 buyout, according to the contract obtained by the American-Statesman through an open records request.

Strong also confirmed that Vance Bedford, who once played at UT, would become the team’s new defensive coordinator.

Bedford said he was headed to Houston on Wednesday night to be ready to hit the recruiting trail first thing Thursday. Bedford said he will start the day in Houston and finish in Dallas with Strong.

Strong covered multiple topics during his 25-minute press conference. He talked about what he expects from the players and that he doesn’t begrudge recruits from changing their mind about coming to UT.

“When you get that degree, it’s not going to say the University of Charlie Strong, it’s going to say University of Texas,” Strong said.

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