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Texas Player Personnel Analyst Tony Shields Expected to Be Hired at Memphis: Report

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Texas’ off-the-field staff is set to see another departure after several already following the 2022 season. Longhorns player personnel analyst Tony Shields is expected to leave for a job at Memphis, according to a report by On3’s Matt Zenitz.

“Texas player personnel analyst Tony Shields is expected to be hired as director of player personnel at Memphis, sources tell @on3sports,” Zenitz said.

Shields has been working a role that can be best described as that of an analyst. He’ll be operating in a similar capacity at Memphis, but viewed as more in charge of player personnel in a general manager type position, as head coach Ryan Silverfield looks to take the Tigers to new heights. In the new job, he’ll reportedly be overseeing the roster and keeping an outlook on potential NCAA Transfer Portal prospects, which is such a critical part of today’s college football landscape.

Shields spent just a bit of time with Texas after it hired him away from N.C. State in recent days. He also served in a personnel capacity there.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns, meanwhile, as mentioned, are now tasked with replacing yet another off-field staffer. Longtime high school coach Jahmal Fenner replaced former Director of High School Relations Chris Gilbert, who North Texas hired as its tight ends coach. They’re searching for an assistant director of football performance with a focus on nutrition. And Sarkisian brought in former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receivers coach Chris Jackson to fill the vacant receivers position when Brennan Marion left to be UNLV’s offensive coordinator in January.

The Longhorns open up spring football here in less than two weeks on March 6. They’re coming off an 8-5 season and 6-3 finish in Big 12 play during year two of the Sarkisian era.

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