TULSA, Okla. - A source close to the situation told FOX23 Friday night that Tulsa co-offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert has accepted an offer from Texas to be the Longhorns' offensive coordinator. According to the source, Golden Hurricane co-offensive coordinator Matt Maddox is also joining the Texas staff.
It brings to an end a hiring process that had lots of twists and turns. Despite multiple reports on Thursday and Friday that Gilbert had accepted the job, FOX23 reported no deal was done then broke the news Friday afternoon that GIlbert turned down the Longhorns.
Texas then made another run at Gilbert. Texas President Greg Fenves, football head coach Charlie Strong, and athletic director Mike Perrin flew to Tulsa to woo Gilbert, and the move paid off.
Texas has not yet officially announced the hire, but a source tells FOX23 Gilbert will travel to Austin Saturday.
A Tulsa spokesman said the university has no comment.
Gilbert has been at TU for one season, coming to Tulsa on head coach Philip Montgomery’s first staff. After only winning five games combined in its last two seasons, the Golden Hurricane improved to 6-6 this season and will play in the Independence Bowl against Virginia Tech on December 26.
The Tulsa offense ranks 14th in the country in total offense (averaging 503 yards) and 25th in scoring offense (averaging 35.9 points).