Monday, February 14, 2011
Texas announces Duane Akina re-hire
By ESPN.com staff
Duane Akina is officially coming back to Texas, according to a release by the school. Akina told officials at Arizona on Monday morning of his plans to leave, but officials at UT had been silent on the issue before Monday evening.
A few quotes from the release:
Akina on his return:
"I know this has been difficult for everyone involved, but when Mack (Brown) and I talked about the opportunity, and considering what a difficult month it has been for me and my family, I thought it was a move I needed to make. I went to Arizona to be closer to my family and some of those circumstances changed. Also, having younger children who grew up here and loved Austin made the move to Arizona difficult. All of those factors played key roles in my decision to return."
Brown on Akina's return:
"We're so excited to have Duane back. Like everyone within our program, he will be starting out with a fresh, new, clean slate. That has been our primary focus in moving forward, and we have a lot of positive energy in the program. Duane and I talked about that, and he is really looking forward to getting back here and being a part of it. You can't imagine the excitement I've already heard from the players to have back one of their favorite coaches since we've been here."
Brown on Jerry Gray's departure over the weekend:
"We're disappointed we lost Jerry, but he left for a great opportunity that he just couldn't pass up. Jerry will remain a great friend of mine and of Texas. He's a great Longhorn and always will be. We're happy for him and his family, but are very fortunate to be replacing a great coach who will have a bunch of success in Tennessee with someone we all know and love so much in Duane."