Remember last week when internet reports said Florida defensive coordinator Teryl Austin was signed, sealed and delivered to Texas? Well, scratch that. Austin wasn’t hired and Mack Brown now — reportedly — has his eyes set on another first-year SEC defensive coordinator.
According to VolQuest.com — a Rivals site covering Tennessee — at least three sources have said, “Wilcox is in line to succeed Will Mushcamp on Mark Browns’ Texas staff as the Longhorns’ defensive coordinator should Wilcox choose to pursue the opportunity.”
Wilcox currently has a three-year deal from the Vols worth $1.875 million. His buyout is just $300,000 (which we believe Texas could scrape together). Derek Dooley scored a bit of a coup in luring Wilcox from Boise State last offseason.
But the Vol defense was hardly formidable in 2010. A lack of depth cost Tennessee on numerous occasions and many Tennessee supporters took to messageboards and talk radio to pray for Wilcox’s ouster around mid-season. The Vol D improved in the final month of the season (against Memphis, Ole Miss, Vandy and Kentucky), which quieted grumbling.
According to VolQuest, “Dooley spent (Sunday) afternoon trying to recruit his first-year defensive head coach to stay in Knoxville.”
Meanwhile, Orangebloods.com — the Rivals site covering Texas — reports that a source has told them that “an official offer” has yet to be made to Wilcox.