The Texas Longhorns are poaching from the SEC. According to multiple reports, Texas has hired Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand to be the Longhorns’ co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
Hand joined the Tigers’ staff before the 2016 season. Prior to that, he spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons as Penn State’s run-game coordinator and offensive line coach. In each of his last two stops, Hand has recruited consensus five-star offensive linemen. And we all know that the offensive line is an area of need for this Longhorns team.
The hire fills the 10th assistant coach position that college football teams are now allowed to have. That position was being occupied on an interim basis by Assistant Director of Player Personnel Bryan Carrington.
What does it mean for current offensive coordinator Tim Beck and offensive line coach Derek Warehime? Well, it’s already been reported that Hand is going to be involved with the offensive game plan and play calling. Beck drew the ire of Texas fans this past season, and prior to that, he was far from a fan favorite during his tenure under Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Hand played a major part in helping the Tigers lead the SEC and rank sixth nationally in rushing during the 2016 campaign. Auburn finished fourth in the SEC in rushing last season by averaging 218.3 yards per game on the ground. Overall, Auburn’s offense ranked No. 27 in points per game last season and ended the year as the nation’s No. 26 rushing attack.
The Tigers finished 10-4 on the season and reached the SEC title game, before losing to UCF in the Peach Bowl. Considering the amount of dough the SEC is tossing at assistants, this is a baller move for the Longhorns and one that the fan base should be cheering for many reasons.