Monday, February 14, 2011
Duane Akina looks headed back to Texas
By ESPN.com staff
The revolving door that is Texas' defensive backs coaching job continues to spin.
Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne announced via his Twitter feed on Monday morning that Wildcats defensive backs coach Duane Akina told Byrne and Arizona coach Mike Stoops that he would be leaving Arizona to return to Texas.
"Although disappointed because of the commitment we had made we respect Coach Akina’s decision based on family," Byrne wrote.
Akina announced his move from Texas to Arizona on January 16.
Texas hired Jerry Gray, a Texas alum, the next day. On Saturday, Gray announced he was leaving Texas to become the defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans.
Now, after a month of transition, the Longhorns are back where they started at defensive backs coach, though a raise for Akina seems likely.
Akina, who coached at Arizona from 1992-2002 before coming to Texas from 2003-10, made $318,509 in 2009. The Longhorns had planned to pay Gray $425,000.
Akina had been one of Texas' best position coaches, helping two Longhorns, Michael Huff and Aaron Ross, win the Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back during his tenure.
His apparent hire makes seven total coaching hires for Mack Brown and Texas since its 5-7 season ended in November.