More often than not, when a program hires a new head coach, the majority of his staff from the previous school will follow. At Sunday’s press conference, Tom Jurich didn’t elaborate much on what should be expected from Charlie Strong’s assistant coach.
Jurich hinted that he wouldn’t be surprised if they all followed Strong to Texas and that it would be up to Louisville’s next head coach to determine which if any coaches would be retained.
On Saturday evening we learned that defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary and strength & conditioning coach Pat Moorer were expected to follow Strong to Texas.
At this point, I still expect all three will be joining Strong’s staff in Austin, but Vance Bedford isn’t a done deal just yet. Bedford is expected to meet with Tom Jurich at some point on Monday. He told the Austin media that if he was offered the head coaching job at Louisville, he would take it. If not, he’ll join Strong at Texas. Multiple current players and recruits have expressed that they’d like to see Bedford given the job, but I don’t expect that to happen. Not saying that I don’t think it would be a good move, I just think Jurich will head in another direction.
It doesn’t appear that offensive coordinator Shawn Watson will be following Strong to Texas. Watson will get an interview from Louisville and I’m sure he’d be willing to accept if offered the job. I don’t think that will happen, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Offensive line coach Dave Borbely will not follow Strong to Texas. Borbely has told multiple recruits and current players that he had hoped Louisville would be his last stop in coaching. Charlie Strong is expected to target Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline. Strong and Wickline have had a close relationship for years and it sounds like this would be a popular hire in Austin.
Texas officials are apparently recommending recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach Bruce Chambers be retained by Strong. The Texas A.D. has reportedly told Strong that keeping Chambers around would be very beneficial for recruiting.
Texas running backs coach Larry Porter is expected to meet with Strong at some point this week to discuss his future. Porter is a former head coach who has only been with the Texas program for one season.
This leaves Clint Hurtt, Ron Dugans, Sherrone Moore and Kenny Carter.
Texas made it clear to Strong that Clint Hurtt would not be allowed to join his staff. Hurtt recently received a two year NCAA show cause penalty. I know Jurich will let the new coach pick his own staff, but with that said, I expect Clint Hurtt to remain at Louisville. Multiple recruits have already been told that Hurtt isn’t going anywhere. Only time will tell, but as I said, I think Hurtt will stay up.
Wide receivers coach Ron Dugans name hasn’t come up much since Strong decided to leave. Dugans has a great resume and has been a very valuable recruiter for Louisville. Whoever takes over could greatly benefit from keeping Dugans around. However, don’t be surprised if another program decides to snatch him. Never rule out him joining Strong at Texas either. It hasn’t been mentioned much, but it’s certainly a possibility.
Running backs coach/special teams coordinator Kenny Carter is sort of a toss-up at this point. Carter has interviewed for multiple head coaching jobs over the years and has made it clear that he hopes to eventually take the step up. However, I don’t see him as a candidate for the Louisville job.
Tight ends coach Sherrone Moore is the youngest coach on staff and hasn’t been mentioned much throughout the process. Moore is from the state of Texas and played collegiately at Oklahoma. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with him, but following Strong to Texas certainly makes since.