According to Bobby Burton of Horns 247, Tulsa co-offensive Coordinator Sterlin Gilbert has agreed to become Texas’ offensive coordinator.
— Horns247 (@Horns247) December 10, 2015
It is obvious that Texas football coach Charlie Strong wants to shake things up on offense and the hiring of Gilbert is step in the right direction. Gilbert is known for his inventiveness on offense when he was a part of the staffs at Tulsa, Bowling Green and Eastern Illinois.
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Gilbert joined the Golden Hurricanes staff this season, and they are currently ranked 25th nationally in scoring offense at 39.5 points per game. Tulsa’s offense has excelled through the air, averaging 329.8 yards per game, which is 11th nationally. But the Golden Hurricanes also run the ball effectively, racking up 171.9 yards per contest.
When he starts at Texas, Gilbert will likely have to hire at least two assistant coaches as Horns247 has been told by multiple sources that assistant head coach for offense/quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson, offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline and running backs coach Tommie Robinson will not be retained in their current roles.
Gilbert, 37, was hired to help out an anemic Longhorns’ offense that finished 85th nationally in scoring in 2014 (26.1 ppg) and 109th in 2013 (21.4 ppg). According to his bio at TulsaHurricane.com, Gilbert was a two-time All-Lone Star Conference quarterback at Angelo State in 2000 and 2001, while serving as team captain both seasons.