Sunday, January 2, 2011
Texas fills one of its coaching vacancies
By ESPN.com staff
Texas has hired Kansas receivers coach Darrell Wyatt to coach the same position for the Longhorns.
"We are so excited about the addition of Darrell to our staff," Texas coach Mack Brown said in a release. "He's not only one of the best wide receiver coaches in the country, but he also brings expertise as an offensive coordinator. Darrell's someone who has coached in the NFL and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top recruiters. He has extensive experience working in the Big 12 and recruiting in all parts of Texas. He is a great addition to our staff."
He'll replace former Longhorns receivers coach Bobby Kennedy, who went back to his hometown of Boulder, Colo. to coach receivers at Colorado under new coach Jon Embree.
"This is just a tremendous opportunity for me and my family,” Wyatt said in a release. "Being a part of a program with such great history and tradition is very exciting. Having grown up in Texas and having played high school football here, it's great to come home to work for The University in the state.
"Texas is the type of place where the skies the limit on what you can accomplish. They have great resources, a tremendous fan base and compete for championships. The level of expectations are extremely high and that's something I definitely will embrace."
Kansas coach Turner Gill also wished Wyatt well.
"We appreciate everything Darrell has done for Kansas football," Gill said. "He is an outstanding coach. This is an opportunity for him to get closer to his family and his wife’s family. We hope the best for the entire Wyatt family."
The Longhorns can now cross one of their five offseason coaching vacancies off the list. Wyatt fills the hole at receivers coach, but Texas is still without offensive and defensive coordinators, as well as an offensive line coach and defensive tackles coach and special teams coordinator. Brown said previously that he didn't plan to fill the rest of the vacancies until after the bowl season.