Texas coach Charlie Strong has stripped offensive coordinator Shawn Watson of his play-calling duties in favor of wide receivers coach Jay Norvell.
The move comes three days after the Longhorns' embarrassing 38-3 loss at Notre Dame in which the offense managed 163 yards of total offense and eight first downs.
But this change isn't simply the result of one poor outing. It goes back to a near-full season of inept offensive football in Strong's first season. It hit rock bottom during the regular-season finale against TCU and in the bowl game against Arkansas, leaving Texas with a 6-7 record and one of the worst offenses in the Big 12. The Notre Dame game sounded the alarms yet again, and this time Strong took emergency action.
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Changes were said to be coming, if not in quarterback, where junior Tryrone Swoopes held onto the starting job ahead of redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard, then in style. Texas was to implement a more up-tempo attack that would greatly utilize senior running back Johnathan Gray.
But even Strong acknowledged after the Notre Dame loss that he didn't see anything up-tempo about the offense and Gray finished with eight carries.
Norvell joined the Texas staff during the offseason after being swept out in changes Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops made to his offensive staff.
Meanwhile, Strong said that he has not decided on a starting quarterback for Saturday's home opener against Rice. Is a new play-caller the change the Longhorns need to at least move the chains with some consistency? At this point, it certainly can't hurt.
(h/t College Spun)