This year, the Texas Longhorns offense was, for the most part, unexpectedly the brightest spot for the Horns’ this season. Though there were some inconsistencies on the offensive side of the ball, the Longhorns boasted a strong running game and a solid passing game. Under second year co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, the Horns averaged over 400 yards per game and ranked inside the top 25 in scoring this season.
Lately, Harsin’s name has been thrown around as a potential candidate for some of the head-coach vacancies that have opened up around the country. The news out of Austin is that Harsin is interviewing for the Arkansas State head-coaching position today. There have also been rumors floating around that he could also be a candidate for the San Jose State coaching job, as well.
Prior to coming to Austin, Harsin served as the offensive coordinator for Boise State under head coach Chris Peterson. It was there that Harsin began to capture the attention of the college football world, particularly after his offense stunned the Oklahoma Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl using such creative plays as the Statue of Liberty and the Hook and Ladder.
Last season, Harsin’s first in Austin, was a tough one to say the least; he was forced to rely on true freshman quarterback David Ash who was thrown into the fire before he was ready. That said, while there is still room for improvement, Ash and the Texas offense made huge strides this season under Harsin’s coaching and creative play-calling.
If he is indeed offered and accepts a head-coaching position, what would be the course of action for the Longhorns on the offensive side of the ball going forward?
Rumor has it that Harsin’s co-offensive coordinator and former Longhorn quarterback Major Applewhite would take over the offensive coordinator duties on his own.
Again, nothing has been decided, but it gives the Longhorns something to think about as the team prepares for their upcoming bowl game and begins to prepare for next season.