Texas football coach Tom Herman has found another piece to the puzzle that is his staff.
The New Jersey Star Ledger’s Ryan Dunleavy reported Sunday that Rutgers offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer was joining Herman at Texas. The report did not confirm Mehringer’s new job title, but it speculated that he was leaving to become a position coach.
— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) December 11, 2016
Mehringer, 29, has longstanding ties to Herman. A Mansfield native, Mehringer served as a student assistant at Rice while Herman was the Owls’ offensive coordinator from 2007-08. He was then a graduate assistant from 2010-13 for Iowa State and Ohio State teams that employed Herman to direct their offenses. Following a one-year stint as James Madison’s co-offensive coordinator, Mehringer joined Herman’s Houston staff as a receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.
Mehringer left Houston in December of 2015 for a new job at Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights scored 15.7 points per game this season, and the offense was shut out during four different games. Rutgers is ranked last among the 128 FBS teams in total offense (283.2 yards per game), and they are 127th in scoring offense.
Texas has announced the hiring of four assistant coaches, and Houston defensive coordinator Todd Orlando is expected to rejoin Herman in Austin. Last week, Herman projected that his staff would be made up of coaches that were “coming from different places.”
“We’ll know a lot more next week after recruiting stops this weekend and let the dust settle a little bit next week,” he said.
UPDATE (3:45 p.m.): Mehringer will reportedly run Texas’ passing attack.
Source: Drew Mehringer will be Texas' pass game coordinator. Was WR coach for Herman at UH. Played for him at Rice. GA'd at ISU and OSU.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 11, 2016
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 11, 2016