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Report: Texas loses DBs coach Akina to Arizona

Posted on: January 17, 2011 11:42 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Mack Brown must have known that after the staggering disappointment of his Texas team's 5-7 2010 season, it was going to take a lot of work to get the Longhorns back on track. But even he might not have known how much work there was really going to be.

First there was the defection of coach-in-not-waiting-any-longer Will Muschamp to Florida. Then came the departure of four other coaches who were not asked to return to the Longhorn staff by Brown. And now multiple outlets are reporting that longtime secondary coach Duane Akina will be leaving Austin after 10 seasons to take the same position at Arizona.

This report from the Houston Chronicle cites sources claiming that the deal had not been finalized just yet, but added that Brown was "not shocked" Akina might bolt to a school where he spent 14 seasons in the '80s and '90s. (CBS's own Bryan Fischer also reported that Akina was the only Texas assistant not wearing a Longhorn t-shirt at the recent American Football Coaches Association convention.) At this stage, all signs point towards Akina making the departure official ... oh, any minute now.

It's just one more headache for Brown as he tries to piece together his new staff. Four coaches have already been hired, including an impressive new pair of coordinators in Bryan Harsin and Manny Diaz, but the Longhorns still have no offensive line coach after both Auburn's Jeff Grimes and Oklahoma State's Bob Wickline told Brown "thanks, but no thanks." With Signing Day only days away and key recruits hanging in the balance (behind Grimes, Auburn has made a late charge for five-star tackle Christian Westerman), Brown now has to worry about finding not one but two coaches with most of the quality candidates already locked up.

Brown's handled worse, and with Harsin and Diaz in the fold, his most critical hires have already been completed in optimism-inspiring fashion. But until the last of the six new faces on staff are in place and their impact on the 'Horns 2011 recruiting class is decided, Brown's not going to sleep easy, and neither will Texas fans.


Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:09 am

Report: Texas loses DBs coach Akina to Arizona

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Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2011 4:09 pm

Report: Texas loses DBs coach Akina to Arizona

DMR37 - NU has some of the greatest fans I've experienced and the rivalry will be sorely missed by me personally.  I would love nothing more for the OU/TX game to continue to migrate to more that form of rivalry as it truly has to be experienced, in person, to fully understand.  I'd love for my sooners to greet our rivals like I have been greeted in Lincoln several times - once by a homeless person on the street!

Mack has his work cut out for him but I have no doubt on his capability to pull together the elements to succeed again at the national level.  The amount of disruption they've experienced will be extremely difficult to gel inside a season, but we'll have to see how all of that goes this year.  One thing is for certain, it's a rough time to hire a proven coaching staff...

Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2011 9:41 am

Report: Texas loses DBs coach Akina to Arizona


Very good post.  This shows some very good sportsmanlike behavior.  OU fans and Texas fans need to look at the Red River Rivalry in the same light that Nebraska fans and most OU fans did the NU-OU rivalry in its' hayday.  Each team was out to do everything it could to beat the other and the fans suppported their repsective teams to the hilt, but when the game was over and the emotions settled, the players, coaches and fans had respect for their counterparts.

Barry Switzer, while attending a reunion dinner in Lincoln of coaches and players from the Game of the Century, decsribed the difference between the OU-NU rivalry and the OU-UT rivalry during his time, by stating that you would never find OU players and coaches setting down to dinner with Texas!  While that was pure Switzer, there was also a lot of truth to how the OU-UT rivalry has been.  Mack Brown has been a calming influence on that aspect of the rivalry.

What Brown is going to experience now is the importance of having a good staff.  All of the greatest college coaches would tell you that without having a good staff they would not have had anywhere near the success they have had.  Now, having to completely re-shuffle a staff as Brown has had to do will show us just how good of a coach he is over the next couple of years while his new staff gets settled in and learns to work together.

Texas fans in the last ten years were just really beginning to understand the true Nebraska tradition like what OU and NU had over the years.  I think that OU and UT fans will miss that in the future.

Since: Nov 27, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2011 3:00 pm

Report: Texas loses DBs coach Akina to Arizona

Apprieciate that Sooneralum yes it will be great to have that rivalry back next year the coaching staff looks good so far sad to see Akina go he has produced some outstanding DB's but this staff should be better in a year or two. Its also great to have A&M back in the mix since Tech took a fall last year as well and Neb. leaving hope Mizz and KSU can bring some sort of competition from the North.

Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2011 2:51 pm

Report: Texas loses DBs coach Akina to Arizona

I'm an OU fan by birth and education.  That said, it's some dog days for the Longhorns this last year and these coaching changes are incredibly disruptive.  All of the angst (okay, MOST of the angst) of the OU/Texas rivalry has been quelled with a class act in Mack Brown and his staff of recent years.  The rivalry has gotten slightly more respectable and I look forward to them turning the program around next year so we are back to business as usual.  Texas will be back, might not be next year, but they will be a threat at a national level again in the near term.  That said...BOOMER SOONER!

Since: Nov 27, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2011 1:44 pm

Report: Texas loses DBs coach Akina to Arizona

Texas has had alot of Top 5 and presently the #1 recruiting class this year but like the NFL draft you don't know until they get out there and play whether or not they are going to make it. Heck the LB from last year Jordan Hicks was suppossed to be one of the best players and the best LB and he didn't even start let alone play that much on a 5-7 team with Muschamp as the DC although his teammate Jackson Jeffcoat was all the hype that was put into him just never know.

As far as loosing Akina that sucks I was actually glad to see most of the other coaches go of course not Muschamp but now that Manny Diaz is here I really like the potential he has plus its not just a matter of time but Texas should have him for a few years. The deal with Akina not sure if him and Diaz didn't click or what but I hope thats what it was otherwise he's not the stand up guy I thought he was this is too late to say ohh by the way Mack I'm leaving too. If its just a chemistry thing with Diaz then ok I get that. Also this is Texas so far I love the staff that has been assembled and am very excited to see what they put on the field next year. All the recruits should be excited as well man can you imagine what Boise State's Offense would look like with Texas players whooo Hooo and heck Manny Diaz has produced some very good defenses with less talent this should be interesting..

"Hook em Horns"

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2011 1:28 pm

Report: Texas loses DBs coach Akina to Arizona

Rumor says Jerry Gray will be the new DB coach and co-DC.  A private jet is in route to Wisconsin to pickup Bostad for a visit to UT.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2011 12:36 pm

Report: Texas loses DBs coach Akina to Arizona

I know it is crucial to avoid losing some of the "commitments" at the last moment.  But I thought TEXAS had top 5 recruiting classes the last few years.  Were they not as good as was predicted?  What is the story as to why the talent hasn't panned out?

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