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Akina leaving Texas to join Stanford defensive coaching staff

Longtime Texas assistant Duane Akina will be the new secondary coach at Stanford. (USATSI)
Longtime Texas assistant Duane Akina will be the new secondary coach at Stanford. (USATSI)

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Longtime Texas assistant Duane Akina has accepted an offer to be Stanford's new secondary coach, a source told CBSSports.com on Sunday.

Akina -- who has spent the past 26 seasons as an assistant at just two places: Arizona and Texas -- brings an impressive resume to Palo Alto.

In 13 seasons at UT, Akina's secondary featured back-to-back Thorpe Award winners in Michael Huff (2005) and Aaron Ross (2006), plus he tutored two other finalists in Earl Thomas (2009) and Quentin Jammer (2001) and a stunning 14 first-team All-Big 12 picks.

While at Arizona, he helped groom Darryll Lewis, the 1990 Jim Thorpe Award winner, and Chris McAlister, a finalist for the Thorpe Award in 1998.

Akina joins a Cardinal defensive staff that will be quite a bit different than it was in 2013. DC Derek Mason left to become the head coach at Vanderbilt, and he's been replaced by Lance Anderson. Mason also took ILB coach David Kotulski with him to Nashville. Peter Hansen is taking over the inside linebackers.

247Sports' Bobby Burton was the first to report Akina's hire at Stanford.

 
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