University of Texas

Report: Tulsa assistant appears set, finally, to become Texas’ offensive coordinator

Texas coach Charlie Strong is searching for an offensive coordinator.
Texas coach Charlie Strong is searching for an offensive coordinator. AP

Tulsa assistant coach Sterlin Gilbert has agreed to new financial terms to become offensive coordinator at Texas, Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman reported via Twitter on Friday night, citing a source.

Davis reported that official word was still being awaited.

The Associated Press reported Friday evening that Texas President Greg Fenves, football coach Charlie Strong and athletic director Mike Perrin flew to Tulsa in an effort to persuade Gilbert, who had reportedly turned down the job the morning after a deal was reached Thursday.

Matt Mattox, who was the co-offensive coordinator at Tulsa along with Gilbert this season, is also coming to Texas, Davis reported. Gilbert will be making $900,000 annually and Mattox $550,000 annually.

Gilbert coached quarterbacks and receivers at Tulsa, where the head coach, Philip Montgomery, is a former Baylor assistant under Art Briles.

Along with being co-offensive coordinator along with Gilbert at Tulsa, Mattox also coached the offensive line.

Gilbert is a Briles offensive disciple, allowing for a power running game with vertical passing in an up-tempo pace. He also coached under former Baylor assistant Dino Babers, now head coach at Syracuse, when Babers was at Bowling Green.

The American-Statesman reported what apparently was the hangup in negotiations: “Strong started by offering Gilbert a deal worth about $520,000. Gilbert’s agent balked and asked for more, and the offer rose to about $600,000, the UT source said.”

TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie, who interviewed at Texas for the position but decided to stay at TCU, was offered $1.2 million a year, the American-Statesman reported, according to source.

This all goes down on the weekend that Arlington Lamar quarterback Shane Buechele, who is committed to play at Texas, was to have his official recruiting visit in Austin.