NCF Nation: Otis Mounds

Catching up on Big 12 coaching carousel

December, 16, 2011
We're not done spinning just yet, but if you're a bit lost, here's the changes to the coaching staffs across the Big 12 thus far.

BAYLOR (9-3)
  • Out: Receivers coach Dino Babers took the head-coaching job at Eastern Illinois. No replacement named.
  • Out: Offensive coordinator Tom Herman took the offensive coordinator job under Urban Meyer at Ohio State. No replacement named.
KANSAS (2-10)
  • Out: Head coach Turner Gill fired. Other staff positions up for discussion.
  • In: Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis hired to replace Gill. Akron QB coach Ron Powlus hired to coach quarterbacks. Bishop Miege (KS) coach Tim Grunhard hired to coach offensive line. Running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell retained from Gill's staff.
  • No changes.
  • Out: Safeties coach Barry Odom left to become defensive coordinator at Memphis. No replacement named.
  • No changes.
  • No changes yet, but OC Todd Monken has drawn interest from several programs.
TEXAS (7-5)
  • No changes, though Texas was forced to proactively shoot down rumors of Mack Brown's retirement.
TEXAS A&M (6-6)
  • Out: Fired coach Mike Sherman. Defensive coordinator/interim coach Tim DeRuyter took head-coaching job at Fresno State but will remain on staff through the bowl game. Other staff positions up for review.
  • In: Hired Houston coach Kevin Sumlin. Sumlin will recruit while the other coaches prepare for the bowl game.
  • Out: Fired DBs coach Otis Mounds and offensive line coach Matt Moore. Moved defensive line coach Sam McElroy into a non-coaching role on staff.
  • In: Hired former Miami DC John Lovett to coach defensive backs and former Ole Miss defensive line coach Terry Price to coach the defensive line. No offensive line replacement named yet.
Marcus Roberson, the nation's No. 9 safety and No. 112 overall prospect, commited to Texas Tech in January, but admitted he was only "50-50" committed to the Red Raiders.

This week, Tech fell on the wrong side of the coin flip after Roberson switched his commitment to Auburn, the reigning national champions. Roberson would have been the Red Raiders' highest-rated recruit.

Texas Tech hired Roberson's uncle this month, former defensive graduate assistant Otis Mounds, to coach cornerbacks.

Texas Tech's class is just outside ESPN's top 25, and Roberson's decommitment leaves the Red Raiders with 16 commits ready to sign today.

Texas A&M, meanwhile, beat out rival Texas for the commitment of Brandon Alexander, a 6-foot-5, 239-pound defensive end out of Brenham, Texas.

Alexander visited Texas in late January after making visits to TCU and A&M, and made later visits to Arkansas and Baylor, but elected to sign with Mike Sherman and the Aggies.

ESPN ranks Alexander as the nation's No. 32 defensive end, and his commitment gives Texas A&M 20 commitments for its 2011 class.