List: Latest on Longhorns coaching staff for the Sarkisian era

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Alabama offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian before an NCAA college football game against Mississippi, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — It appears Longhorns running backs coach Stan Drayton will be sticking with Texas under new head coach Steve Sarkisian.

Drayton posted a graphic on Twitter Tuesday night with a list of running backs who have developed under Sarkisian’s offense. Dayton wrote the caption: “Stay Tuned”.

Drayton joined the Longhorns when Tom Herman arrived in Austin. The coach with over 25 years of experience in college and the pros is an essential piece to the Texas coaching staff. Freshman running back Bijan Robinson is the next star to flourish with Drayton’s tutelage and support.

A familiar face is expected to join Steve Sarkisian’s coaching staff at Texas. Football Scoop first reported that former Longhorns safety Blake Gideon is returning to Texas after a season at Ole Miss.

Gideon was the special teams coordinator at Ole Miss in 2020 and University of Houston in 2019. From 2008 to 2011, Gideon started all 52 games during his Texas career, starting as a true freshman in 2008 and playing in the 2009 BCS National Championship game against Alabama.

Longhorns offensive line coach Herb Hand posted a message on Twitter Monday afternoon that appears to signal the end of his tenure at Texas.

Hand wrote: “From the Hand family to the men who we have been honored to work with in Austin…Thank y’all. We love you and are so appreciate for all you gave to our UNIT, the team and The University of Texas. You ALL have greatness in your future…proud to count you among my guys.”

Hand joined the Texas staff prior to the 2018 season as offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator, replacing Derek Warehime on Tom Herman’s staff. Hand helped develop offensive tackle Sam Cosmi into a likely NFL player for 2021, but, overall, the offensive line lacked consistency during his three seasons at Texas.

UT hasn’t officially announced any staff changes for assistant coaches.

On Saturday, University of Texas leadership fired Tom Herman as head coach after four seasons with the program and hired Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to replace him.

During a Zoom call with the media on Saturday, Sarkisian said he had a brief meeting with the assistant coaches and planned to meet individually with each staff member.

“Putting together a staff is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. There’s definitely a process to it. With the signing day coming up, we want to make sure we solidify the class,” Sarkisian said.

Report: Strength and conditioning coach will not be retained

Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel reports Texas will not keep strength and conditioning coach Yancy McKnight on staff.

McKnight came to Texas with Tom Herman in 2017. Herman and McKnight had a very close coaching relationship. Herman said McKnight was his coaching “soulmate”. McKnight has been in charge of the strength and conditioning aspect of Herman’s program since 2015 at the University of Houston.

Will Muschamp not expected to become Longhorns defensive coordinator, per CBS Sports

Former South Carolina and Florida head coach Will Muschamp will not be returning to the Forty Acres as Sarkisian’s defensive coordinator, according to CBS Sports.

Muschamp was the Longhorns defensive coordinator from 2008 to 2010 and was expected to be Mack Brown’s successor at UT. Muschamp decided not to wait, taking the Florida head coaching job after the 2010 season.

CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd says to keep an eye on former Missouri head coach and current Arkansas defensive coordinator Barry Odom for the Longhorns coordinator job.

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