Report: Shawn Watson expected to be Texas Longhorns offensive coordinator

Charlie Strong

Jan 6, 2014; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns president Bill Powers (left) and head football coach Charlie Strong (center) and athletics director Steve Patterson (right) speak at a press conference in the Centennial Room of Belmont Hall at Texas-Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Newly hired head coach of the Texas Longhorns, Charlie Strong could be close to hiring his offensive coordinator from his time with the Louisville Cardinals as Shawn Watson appears to be the man according to Horns247 after the buyout for Clemson Tigers offensive coordinator Chad Morris was too rich.

Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman is the other finalist with Morris according to Horns247, but CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman tweeted there is no truth to that rumor.

However, Texas fans won’t like the hire according to Burnt Orange Nation’s Wescott Eberts, “if Watson is hired without any other interviews, that probably won’t play well with Texas fans, who have almost universally been panning the prospective hire.”

Watson has a reputation as a quarterback guru and one of the primary reasons for Mack Brown’s downfall at Texas has been the lack of great quarterback play in recent years.

Considering what Watson did in the development of Teddy Bridgewater, if Watson is the guy, Texas should embrace the hire and hope he can turn Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard into college stars.

Watson would join Vance Bedford as former Louisville coordinators to join Strong’s staff since taking the job in Austin. Bedford was hired to run the defense and brought Brian Jean-Marry from Louisville to coach the Texas linebackers.

A decision on Watson being hired could be made as early as today.

Topics: Charlie Strong, Shawn Watson, Texas Longhorns

Want more from FanSided?  
Subscribe to FanSided Daily for your morning fix. Enter your email and stay in the know.
  • CCham

    That’s the very reason why Texas is falling into the basement of not only the big 12 but in college football. Charlie’s Louisville south Texas won’t be facing the same weak teams he’s used to. Lets all hope the players can make the difference because it looks like the staff will be the same. He’s not as bad as people have made him out to be. It would probably work. Is a bunch of BS we need it to work not probably work.

  • casasims

    Watson?? seriously?? please, please, please, say it ain’t so Charlie. There are so many candidates that are much better. Watson might be a good hire but we need a great hire. lets not derail before the train even leaves the station. You cant tell me that Watson meets the wide open spread coordinator you said you wanted.

  • js hooper

    I’m supportive of Coach Strong and the new direction of the program…but I am a little concerned about his inclination to only hire former Louisville coaches that he is comfortable / familiar with.

    Why not go out and try to get the best?Not just your buddies who you’ve been working with over the last few years.

    This is troubling.I really wanted the Clemson or Ohio State guys as our OC.Money should never have been an issue or concern.

  • joe michael villa

    We have to have faith in Coach Strong.

    The other hires are all amazing, great hires.
    I agree Watson is a question mark, but this might actually work.

    Texas Strong!
    Texas Fight!

  • keiffers

    Give the guy a chance before harping on who could be the next OC. I know most Texas fans act as if they know more about what needs to be done but he hasn’t even been the coach a week and he’s already being critiqued. Give him a chance to get the ball rolling and get on the field and play games and tweak what needs to be tweaked

5 hours ago

NHL Playoffs 2014, Blackhawks at Blues final score: St. Louis wins 3OT thriller over Chicago, 4-3

7 hours ago

NHL Playoffs 2014: Hawks’ Crawford makes game-saving stop in OT vs. Blues (GIF)

7 hours ago

Corey Crawford makes great glove save vs. Blues (GIF)