A Texas cheerleader runs onto the field with a giant Longhorns flag before an NCAA college football game between Texas and Kansas State on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Austin, Texas. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Graham Harrell staying with USC as Texas coach Tom Herman continues his search

Posted December 16th, 2019

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Texas coach Tom Herman may have reached out to gauge Graham Harrell’s interest in becoming the Longhorns’ new offensive coordinator. But Harrell is staying at USC.

USC coach Clay Helton announced Monday that Harrell, the former Texas Tech quarterback now rising through the coaching ranks, has reached a new multi-year extension to stay with the Trojans.

Details of Harrell’s deal were undisclosed as USC is a private school.

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“Trojan family, what’s going on? Graham Harrell here,” he said on a short video posted on Twitter. “Excited to be a part of this great university and part of the Trojan family. It’s a really special place, and we’re building something really special here. … Can’t wait to continue what we’ve started. Fight On.”

Orangebloods previously reported last week that Herman reached out Harrell, and a UT source told the American-Statesman it was more like an informal talk more than an interview.

No other major candidates have emerged yet as a possible replacement for Tim Beck, who Herman demoted on Dec. 1 from offensive coordinator to quarterbacks coach for the Alamo Bowl.

Herman appears to have lined up former Rutgers coach Chris Ash to be UT’s new defensive coordinator. All signs are pointing to Ash getting the job, a UT source said, although the school did not confirm anything on Monday.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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