Texas coach Charlie Strong dismissed wide receivers coach Les Koenning and tight ends coach Bruce Chambers on Wednesday after the Longhorns finished with a 6-7 record.
Both assistants were called into the football complex and had brief meetings where the head coach simply said, “I’ve gotta make a change,” a source familiar with the meetings told the American-Statesman.
In a statement released by the school, Strong said, “Les and Bruce are both good men and good football coaches. “It’s unfortunate that it didn’t work out, but I just feel like we need to make a change and head in a different direction in their positions. We wish them the best.”
Neither Chambers nor Koenning could be reached immediately.
The Longhorns are coming off one of the worst offensive seasons in recent memory, albeit one where the starting quarterback and three starting offensive linemen were lost after Week 1.
Texas managed a school-record low 59 total yards in the Texas Bowl against Arkansas. The unit’s seven first downs was also a new Texas bowl record low.
Rumors had been swirling for months that Chambers could be on his way out. Chambers was the lone holdover from former coach Mack Brown’s staff. He first came to Texas in 1998. When Strong assembled his initial staff, he praised Chambers for his deep ties to the North Texas recruiting areas.
Koenning played at Texas during the late 1970s and ’80s. He’s a college coaching lifer and came to Texas from Mississippi State.
Fifth-year senior receiver John Harris was the real playmaker from either position group this season. Harris became the sixth player in school history to reach 1,000 yards.
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