Texas Longhorns Announce Stacy Searels as New Offensive Line Coach

By Kris Hughes

It’s official, and the final piece of the Texas Longhorns’ coaching staff puzzle has been placed.

Former Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels has been confirmed as the new offensive line coach of the Texas Longhorns. A former player and graduate assistant at Auburn, and offensive line coach at LSU during their dominance in the early 2000s (including the 2003 national championship year), Searels was on Mack Brown’s radar from the beginning.

With former Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp’s departure to accept the head coaching job at the University of Florida, Searels was a part of the search for his replacement along with Teryl Austin of Florida and several others.

Searels comes with high praise from Mark Richt. Richt was recently noted as saying that both of his coordinators had done great jobs at Georgia and were not at all responsible for the team’s recent struggles.

Many Texas fans have debated over the past few weeks as to whom would be the best fit to direct a young, and somewhat inexperienced offensive line.  There is no doubt that Texas has talent on the line, but can this talent be shaped to return to the dominance of previous o-line units? This is the task that Searels will be faced with as he arrives on the Forty Acres.

Searels fits many of the same criteria which have been present in each of Mack Brown’s hires to the newly shaped coaching staff: ties to the SEC and the South and a willingness to work hard and long to get the job done. This has to be the case, given that Jeff Grimes walked away because he wasn’t willing to put in the time.

If Texas can poach the occasional Southern recruit due to the new SEC influence, it can only be seen as a bonus. While it’s doubtful that Mack Brown will be making house calls in Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi any time soon, grabbing a player here and there from the SEC powers could be another jab in the league’s side.

Stacy Searels is the final piece of the Longhorn coaching puzzle. Now that that part of the offseason is done, recruiting is truly the short-term focus.

Can Texas seal up its junior commits, and make sure that the 2012 class stays intact?

We’ll find out soon as recruiting wraps up with National Signing day on February 9th and the focus turns yet again to spring practice.

As they say, there are two seasons in Texas: football season and Spring football season.

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